MAYS LANDING — A former Atlantic City employee pleaded guilty to charges he pocketed money paid to him by the public to rent meeting rooms in the city’s All Wars Memorial Building, according to a statement from the Atlantic County prosecutor.
William P. Hadley, 56, of Shires Way in Egg Harbor Township, was charged in 2016 with official misconduct and five counts of theft by failure to make required disposition of property received. Hadley turned himself in at the Prosecutor’s Office in Mays Landing, where he was processed, served a summons complaint and released on his own recognizance, pending court, according to a statement by Prosecutor Damon G. Tyner.
As part of a plea deal, Hadley will pay $3,350 in restitution to the city of Atlantic City, be subject to probation and forfeit his public employment as a result of his conviction for an offense of dishonesty.
Hadley was acting in his capacity as coordinator of the All Wars Memorial Building at 1510 Adriatic Ave. — also known as the Old Soldiers’ Home — when he accepted money orders from citizens to rent meeting rooms in the building and deposited those money orders into his personal bank account, according to the statement.
Hadley was suspended without pay by the city last year.
On Wednesday, Hadley appeared before before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Michael J. Blee and pleaded guilty to theft by failure to make required disposition of property received.
Formal sentencing is scheduled for May 19.