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Ex-rodeo group head accused of stealing money paid by riders

August 30, 2018

JACKSON, N.J. (AP) — The former head of the New Jersey High School Rodeo Association allegedly stole money that families had paid to cover insurance and other fees for the young riders.

Ocean County prosecutors say Eugene Nieratko is charged with theft by deception.

Nieratko allegedly took about $32,000 that he received in cash and checks that he requested be made out to his name. Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Jackson man kept the cash and cashed the checks at a Lakehurst business.

Prosecutors say the thefts occurred between September 2016 and August 2017. The investigation into Nieratko began when several families reported suspicions that their payments were not being applied for the described services.

Nieratko turned himself in Tuesday. The charge were made public Thursday.

It’s not known if Nieratko has retained an attorney.

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