NEWARK, N.J. (CBSNewYork) — A Public Works Department staffer in Millburn, N.J., has been charged with using township money in a scheme to pay off a private landscaper.

Anthony Boffa, 44, of Springfield, N.J., was charged with theft by deception in connection with the alleged scheme.

Boffa allegedly used Millburn Township funds to buy landscaping products, which he then gave to a private landscaper to whom he owed money, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s office.

Among the products Boffa bought with township money were 85 bags of fertilizer and 112 bags of limestone, worth a total of $1,800, prosecutors said.

Boffa has worked for Millburn Township for 25 years, and most recently worked as a foreman, prosecutors said.

He was issued a summons, processed and released from custody, and is due back in Essex County Superior Court on Friday.

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