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>PENSION SCANDAL IN THE SHERIFF’S OFFICE: Acting Sheriff Golden Promotes Pension Fraud By Head Of Law Enforcement Division

October 24, 2010
Press Contact: Jon Evans (732) 739 8888

Hazlet, NJ – This week, New Jersey broke news casting another ominous cloud over the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. The information, which has been verified, shows that in 2008, the previous Republican Sheriff allowed and participated in a scheme allowing a high-ranking Monmouth County Sheriff’s employee to blatantly violate pension laws giving him a full pension and a full County paycheck at the same time. Despite his knowledge of this fraudulent act, acting-Sheriff Golden continues to employ this person under the same arrangement.

Specifically, Monmouth County acting-Sheriff Shaun Golden has authorized Sheriff’s Chief Mickey Donovan to sidestep pension rules allowing him to collect more than $85,000 a year in retirement pay while at the same time still making an annual County salary of $87,500 for a total in excess of $172,000.00 per year. This “double-dipping” scheme is in violation of the New Jersey Police and Firemen’s Retirement System rules and regulations.

In May 2005, Donovan retired as a detective lieutenant from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and began collecting his annual $85,000 pension. In an August 21, 2008, memo it was announced, by then-Sheriff Kim Guadagno, that Donovan would be hired as the “new Chief of the Law Enforcement Division”. However, in order to avoid having to give back a pension, his title was changed and Donovan was hired and sworn in as “Chief Warrant Officer” on September 22, 2008. Although Donovan was hired as “Chief Warrant Officer,” permitting circumvention of the pension rules, in actuality, the position of “Chief Warrant Officer” was eliminated on September 16, 2008- a week before Donovan was hired to the fictitious position- under Sheriff’s General Order 98-20 setting forth the organizational structure of the Sheriff’s Office. As a result, Donovan was hired and continues to occupy a position that does not exist in the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. Clearly, this scheme was concocted so that Donovan could continue to double dip at taxpayers’ expense. Donovan continues to be listed on the County’s web page as “Monmouth County Sheriff’s Chief” and is described as “the Chief of the Law Enforcement Division of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office” and not as “Chief Warrants Officer.” On July 6, 2010, acting-Sheriff Golden signed an amendment to the organizational structure of the Law Enforcement Division, yet did not include the position of “Chief Warrant Officer” and there is currently no such position within the organizational structure of the Sheriff’s Office.

Democratic Sheriff Candidate Eric Brophy responded to the ongoing situation, “This continuing fraud cast upon the taxpayers of Monmouth County by sworn officers of the law is the most egregious example yet of Golden’s complete and utter mismanagement of the Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office. His complete disregard for the taxpayers of Monmouth County or for the laws and rules of this State is appalling. Someone who is charged as the Chief Executive Officer of a 600 person police agency must know the status and job titles of his division heads. If he doesn’t, then he has no business running such an operation. If he does know but disregards these acts, he is complicit in perpetuating this fraud and can no longer be trusted to hold the position. Monmouth County needs a Sheriff who will be responsible with taxpayer dollars and who not only talks about pension reform, but who actually ends abuses of the system. ”

For more details as well as evidence of all facts cited herein, visit New Jersey Watchdog Online at

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>Monmouth Jail Death: Brophy Asks "Why, How And Under What Circumstances Did Death Occur?"


Press Contact: Jon Evans (732) 739 8888
September 28, 2010


WALL, NJ – On July 29, 2010, Amit Bornstein, age 22 of Marlboro was arrested by Monmouth County Sheriff’s Officers on a warrant for failing to appear in Superior Court. Eight (8) hours later he was dead. Why, how and under what circumstances this death occurred have yet to be released by acting-Sheriff Shaun Golden. In fact, sixty (60) days after Bornstein’s death, Golden has yet to make a public statement about the incident.

Eric Brophy, candidate for Monmouth County Sheriff commented, “I am appalled that Mr. Golden has not stepped forward to address the residents of Monmouth County about this event. Part of a Sheriff’s job is to assure the public that they are safe and that he is in control of his agency.”

In his campaign literature, Mr. Golden touts ‘effective, responsible leadership’. His lack of public acknowledgement of the events surrounding Mr. Bornstein’s death is neither ‘effective’ nor ‘responsible.’ Failing to acknowledge the event does nothing more than fuel speculation about what occurred on July 29, 2010.

It is now two (2) months later and the only facts the public knows are that (a) it wasn’t a suicide; (b) the family hired Dr. Michael Baden; and (c) the Bornstein family lawyer has obtained an order preserving evidence in the case. “The lack of information from the Sheriff’s Office raises many questions about Golden’s crisis-management abilities,” said Brophy.

As a result of Golden’s inaction, there is now speculation about whether the Sheriff’s office is conducting an internal investigation; whether any corrections or other officers have been suspended pending the outcome of any investigation; whether a criminal investigation is underway; or whether the medical examiner has determined the cause and manner of death.

Brophy further commented “Monmouth County needs a Sheriff who is open with the public, who will be accountable for his office, and who will take the steps necessary to investigate potential wrongdoing. Golden should have stepped forward publically on July 29, 2010, and announced the specifics of this serious situation that occurred on his watch – and furthermore, he should have announced what steps, precisely, he is undertaking to get to the bottom of this potentially criminal situation. Instead, he remains silent and the public continues to speculate.”

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by Brophy for Sheriff on Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Monmouth County Democratic Sheriff Candidate Eric Brophy today criticized Sheriff Shaun Golden’s failure to take action to halt Monmouth County Correctional Institute’s (“MCCI”) daily revenue loss of almost $30,000. The Monmouth County Sheriff has contracted with various governmental entities such as the U.S. Marshal Service, the New Jersey Department of Corrections and the U.S. Air Force to house prisoners. Monmouth County receives payment for providing this service under these Intergovernmental Agreements (“IGA’s”). MCCI averages 397 federal and state prisoners in MCCI per day.

Monmouth County receives $105 per day for federal prisoners. According to the Monmouth County Finance Department, in 2009 the average daily cost to house one prisoner at MCCI was $173.58 per day. In 2010, the estimated daily cost is $179.70 per day. Conservatively speaking, using 2009 numbers, MCCI is losing $68.58 per day for each federal prisoner (avg 337 per day) it holds. Using these conservative numbers, the loss in revenue to Monmouth County taxpayers is $23,111.46 per day and could be as much as $25,173.90 per day. This amount doesn’t include the additional 7.5% to 12.5% of the total jail operating costs that the County is entitled to in Administrative Fees under the IGA’s.

Housing these prisoners equates to between a $161,780.22 and $176,217.30 revenue loss per week and an annual loss of between $8,435,682.90 and $9,188,473.50 per year. Nine million dollars a year is about 20% of the Sheriff’s entire annual budget of $47 million. These funds have been lost directly because of Mr. Golden’s fiscal mismanagement. Since Mr. Golden took office on January 19, 2010, MCCI has lost between $4,414,288.80 and $4,808,214.90 in revenue. While these numbers are staggering, they do not include the additional losses suffered as a result of housing the approximately 60 state prisoners at MCCI at a reimbursement rate of $86.00 per day. State prisoners are not included in the calculations because Monmouth County has little control over the State’s placement of those inmates. However, holding State prisoners equates to an additional daily loss of more than $5,000.00.

“In a time when Monmouth County taxpayers are so overburdened with job losses, cost increases and income declines, I find it reprehensible that the Sheriff would continue to allow such a substantial loss in revenue to continue. These revenue losses are inexcusable and each day they go unaddressed, is another drag on Monmouth County’s resources. Such losses are indefensible and must be immediately rectified. Monmouth County should be making a profit on these prisoners, not taking a catastrophic loss.” Brophy stated.

Candidate Brophy concluded, “Mr. Golden has publicly touted a 5% cut in the Sheriff’s latest budget. However, he fails to explain that those cuts were not voluntary and it wasn’t until the County Freeholders forced him to cut that he took action. Additionally, he continues to be silent about the fact that the loss in revenue at MCCI is 20% of the Sheriff’s total annual budget. The only explanation I can see for this fiscal disaster is that Mr. Golden was ill-prepared to take control of such a large agency. As a business owner, I understand the need to thoroughly review all financial aspects of any entity before jumping in. Not having business experience, I can certainly see how such a task could be overwhelming to Mr. Golden. However, Monmouth County taxpayers cannot afford to train Mr. Golden in business management for the next three years.”

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