PHILLIPSBURG, NJ (Warren County) – The executive director of the Phillipsburg Housing Authority is accused of unlawfully installing video and audio recording equipment in housing authority offices, according to Warren County First Assistant Prosecutor Anthony J. Robinson.
Paul Rummerfield, 68, of Phillipsburg was charged on January 22 following an investigation into allegations that he had unlawfully installed video and audio recording equipment in the offices of the housing authority, Robinson said.
It is further alleged that Rummerfield used this equipment to listen to conversations between Housing Authority employees of which he was not a part and without their consent, Robinson said.
Rummerfield was charged with two counts of second-degree official misconduct, in the second degree, one count of second-degree pattern of official misconduct, one count of third-degree possession, sale, distribution, manufacture or advertisement of intercepting devices, and one count of third-degree interception, disclosure, use of wire, electric, oral communication.
The Warren County Prosecutor’s Office, the New Jersey State Police Official Corruption North Unit and the New Jersey Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory conducted the investigation.