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Former New Jersey Educational Program Director Admits Stealing $250K for Maserati, Other Expenses: Court Documents

A former director of an educational program for underprivileged children in New Jersey admitted stealing more than $250,000 from the group for personal expenses, including a Maserati. 

Robert Mays, 38, the former executive director of Jersey City Child Development Centers, pleaded guilty in Newark federal court Tuesday to one count of wire fraud. He headed up the program from Sept. 2013 to May 2014. 

According to court documents, Mays stole a quarter of a million dollars by unilaterally increasing his annual salary from $96,500 to $155,000 after working for the JCCDC for two months. He also admitted falsifying board of director's minutes to give the impression JCCDC authorized the salary increase. 

In addition, Mays admitted he took funds from a JCCDC bank account to pay for a fur coat worth thousands of dollars as well as a 2007 Maserati Quattroporte, according to court documents. 

Mays faces up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. He's scheduled to be sentenced in September.

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