Former Mine Hill Fire Department treasurer sentenced for embezzlement

Mine Hill Fire Department’s former treasurer was sentenced to three years behind bars for embezzling $330,000, according to the acting attorney general.

Lisa Ayers, 40, of Mine Hill, was sentenced Friday to serve in state prison after pleading guilty in October to embezzling the funds. Ayers admitted to embezzling roughly $330,000 by writing fraudulent checks and making unauthorized ATM withdrawals.

Ayers was ordered to pay $228,631 in restitution, representing the full amount stolen minus amounts previously paid back, and to forfeit two vehicles for which she made car loan payments using stolen funds, according to the Office of the Attorney General. She is permanently barred from public employment in New Jersey.

“The sense of betrayal that exists in any case of embezzlement is magnified when the money is stolen from a public service organization like this fire department, which is dedicated to protecting lives and property,” said Acting Attorney General John Hoffman in a statement.  “Ms. Ayers was trusted by the members of this volunteer fire department, but she callously chose to serve herself, instead of the community.”

Former Mine Hill Fire Department treasurer sentenced for embezzlement