NJ congressman's former aide sentenced for theft

September 7, 2011 - 2:25 PM

CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — A New Jersey congressman's former campaign treasurer is headed to prison for embezzling more than $450,000 in campaign funds.

Sixty-year-old Andrew McCrosson Jr., of Egg Harbor Township, received a 2 1/2-year term Wednesday. He had pleaded guilty in March to embezzlement and wire fraud.

McCrosson is a former Upper Township mayor and Ventnor city administrator. He served as Rep. Frank LoBiondo's campaign treasurer from 1995 until August 2010.

Prosecutors say he misrepresented the campaign fund's balance to cover up the thefts, which totaled $458,000 over the 15-year period.

McCrosson also must serve three years of supervised release once he's freed from prison. He also must pay full restitution to the campaign.

LoBiondo, a Republican, represents parts of six counties in southern New Jersey.