Joseph Stack, 62, was sentenced to three years of probation by state Superior Court Judge Mark J. Fleming, sitting in Trenton. He was ordered to pay $6,630 in restitution and will be permanently barred from public employment in the state, according to a statement from the state Attorney General’s Office.
Stack admitted he made three unauthorized transfers of funds from the business accounts of two taxpayers – one deceased and one living – into the taxpayer accounts of his deceased mother and a living relative between Aug. 1, 2005, and Aug. 31, 2006. The transfers included $6,184 and $300 into his deceased mother’s account from the deceased taxpayer’s account, and a transfer of $146 into Stack’s living relative’s account from the living victim’s account. Stack prepared state income tax returns on behalf of his deceased mother and the other relative claiming the transferred amounts represented taxes they had pre-paid.
Stack’s employment with the Division of Taxation was terminated in March 2009 as a result of the investigation.