Former NJ rescue squad president accused of stealing more than $75K from squad

Prosecutors say Jonathan Arredondo, the former president of Nutley Emergency and Rescue Squad, ran up more than $30,000 in personal expenses on a squad-issued debit card

Chris Sheldon

ESSEX COUNTY, N.J. — The former president of the Nutley Emergency and Rescue Squad was accused of stealing more than $75,000 from several of the group’s accounts and running up more than $30,000 in personal expenses on a squad-issued debit card, the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office announced Friday.

Jonathan Arredondo, 30, of River Vale was charged with second-degree theft for his alleged actions, which authorities say happened between May 2019 and August 2020, according to a statement from the office.

During that time, Arredondo allegedly withdrew cash from the rescue squad accounts, typically in increments of about $5,000, on 19 occasions and then went to his personal bank and deposited the money at an ATM, the office said.

For most of Arredondo’s time as president of the squad, the position of treasurer was unfilled, but in 2020, a new treasurer was elected and following an audit, an investigation was launched, authorities said.

Arredondo is expected to make his first court appearance on March 1, officials said.


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McClatchy-Tribune News Service

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