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Ex-mayor accused of using fallen EMT's scholarship fund to gamble

Authorities said Nicholas Poliseno withdrew money from the Hinal Patel Scholarship Fund to gamble in Atlantic City

By EMS1 Staff

SPOTSWOOD, N.J. — A former mayor was accused of stealing money from a scholarship fund honoring an EMT to gamble in Atlantic City.

NJ.com reported that Nicholas Poliseno turned himself into authorities and is facing a third-degree account of theft after allegedly withdrawing money from the Hinal Patel Scholarship Fund to gamble.

The scholarship is given to high school students every year in memory of Patel, a 22-year-old EMT who died in 2015 when a car hit the ambulance she was in. My Central Jersey reported she was working her final shift for Spotswood EMS when she died, as she was leaving to pursue her dream to become a doctor.

An investigation concluded that Poliseno allegedly took $5,000 from the fund in June 2016.

"It is a terribly sad situation he has put himself in," Councilman Curtis Stollen said. "This is not an example of the fine people that do step up in our community to serve and do good things for our citizens."

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