A superior court judge today sentenced Donald R. Codey Jr., former president and general manager of Freehold Raceway Park and the brother of state Sen. Richard Codey (D-Roseland) for stealing $3,045 in raceway promotional vouchers and assisting two patrons to cash more than $1.3 million in bad checks at the track.
According to Attorney General Paula Dow and Criminal Justice Stephen J. Director Taylor, Codey was sentenced to a five-year term of probation by Superior Court Judge Thomas F. Scully in Monmouth County.
Codey and two co-defendants paid a total of $902,749 in restitution to the corporate owner of Freehold Raceway related to the bad checks. Scully ordered that, as a condition of the probation, “Codey must not engage in any gambling activities and must be professionally evaluated to determine whether he has a gambling problem.”
Codey pleaded guilty on Aug. 20 to third-degree theft by unlawful taking for the theft of vouchers. According to the AG’s Office, Codey admitted that he stole 16 “Mystery Vouchers worth a total of $3,045. Mystery Vouchers were sent by Freehold Raceway to track patrons and patrons of the Favorites off-track wagering site in Toms River. Each voucher was issued to be redeemable for a ‘mystery’ amount, ranging from $2 to $5,000, if taken to the Favorites site on President’s Day, Feb. 16, 2009, and used to gamble. Codey used the vouchers to gamble at Favorites that day.”
Codey also pleaded guilty to two counts of fourth-degree issuing bad checks, one for each of the two patrons he assisted in cashing bad checks. The charges were contained in accusations filed by the Division of Criminal Justice as a result of an investigation by the New Jersey State Police.