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Judge who took ‘bonuses’ out of DWI fund given lifetime ban

June 5, 2019

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — A former municipal judge who officials said acknowledged paying himself bonuses out of money that was supposed to be used to process backlogged DWI cases has been banned from the bench.

New Jersey’s Supreme Court issued an order Wednesday in the case of former Little Falls Municipal Court Judge G. Dolph Corradino.

The state established the fund 10 years ago. Towns were eligible to receive money based on how many DWI arrests they made in a given year.

A report by a judicial conduct advisory committee said Little Falls received about $15,000 from the state between 2009 and 2015 and Corradino conceded he paid himself about $12,000 during that period.

Wednesday’s order also requires him to pay approximately $15,000 in restitution.

Corradino was suspended in 2015 and resigned in 2017.

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