Wall man sentenced in official misconduct case

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WALL TOWNSHIP – Dennis Kotch, a Wall resident and former business administrator for the Shore Regional High School District, has been sentenced to a year’s probation for official misconduct, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced. According to Mr. Gramiccioni, the charges are the result of an almost year-long investigation into the school district’s complaint that Mr. Kotch may have been involved in the theft of school funds. Mr. Kotch, 41, was sentenced Friday, Aug. 4 by Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Joseph W. Oxley, having pleaded guilty in June to two counts of second-degree official misconduct, two counts of third-degree theft by unlawful taking, one count of third-degree misapplication of entrusted property and one count of insurance fraud, the release reads. An investigation began in May of 2016, which revealed that Mr. Kotch hired a paid intern from January 2015 through May 2016, who “was paid to do work that was Kotch’s responsibility, much of which was done by the intern remotely from Florida where she was attending college,” according to a news release from the prosecutor’s office. According to the news release, the intern was paid a total of $27,439.95. Additionally, it stated, Mr. Kotch spent 22 work days out of the district without using vacation or leave time. He resigned the position on May 13, 2016.

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