The probation program, known as pretrial intervention, is offered to some first-time, non-violent offenders and allows Gomez to resolve the charges without pleading guilty. If he completes the program without any violations, he will not have a criminal record.
"Mr. Gomez accepts responsibility for his actions," defense attorney Patrick Jennings said Wednesday after a brief hearing in state Superior Court in Hackensack. "He looks forward to moving on with his life."
Authorities arrested and charged Gomez with third-degree theft last May, alleging he made ATM withdrawals totaling $2,080 from the Firefighter's Mutual Benefit Association earlier in 2012. Gomez, who was the treasurer of the association, used the money for personal expenses, they said.
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