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Man pleads guilty to theft, failure to pay taxes in Sussex County

NEWTON, NJ (Sussex County) – A man from Ohio has pleaded guilty to theft and failure to pay taxes, according to Sussex County Prosecutor Francis A. Koch.

Jeffrey L. Simmons, 46, of Canton pleaded guilty on June 16 to third-degree theft and third-degree failure to pay taxes before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C. at the Sussex County Courthouse in Newton, Koch said.

In pleading guilty, Simmons admitted to taking funds to construct a new Frankford Fire Department building and failed to do so. He also admitted to failing to pay taxes, Koch said.

Sentencing is scheduled for October 20 before the Honorable Michael C. Gaus, J.S.C., Koch said.

Simmons was represented by Anthony Palumbo, Esq., and the State was represented by Assistant Prosecutor Brent M. Rafuse.

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