TRENTON, N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – A Bergen County lawmaker is being accused of breaking the law.

Assemblyman Bob Schroeder, 52, who lives in Washington Township and whose office is in Woodcliff Lake, has been arrested for allegedly writing bad checks worth close to $400,000.

Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa said it is a serious charge against the Republican legislator.

WCBS 880’s Jim Smith Reports

“Deliberately writing checks when you know that you don’t have the funds to back them is a crime, and when it involves the kind of money alleged here, it’s a very serious crime,” Chiesa said in a statement.

Schroeder is accused of writing those bad checks to two of the investors in his private business.

Chiesa made it clear this had nothing to do with his role as an Assemblyman, only in his capacity as a private businessman, reported WCBS 880’s Jim Smith.

Schroder runs a company All Points International Distributors, Inc., which mainly sells tents and prefabricated buildings to the United States military.

Authorities said those bad checks began in July of 2011 and continued until July of this year.

The Attorney General’s office began its investigation in March.

Schroeder faces five to ten years behind bars if convicted. He also faces a fine up to $150,000.

Attempts by WCBS 880 to reach Schroeder for comment were unsuccessful.