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Former Adult Learning Center Administrator Charged with Stealing $12,000 in Student Fees

Patricia Ruggeri previously worked as a vice principal at the Adult Learning Center in New Brunswick.

A former vice principal at the New Brunswick Adult Learning Center has been arrested and charged with theft of at least $12,000 in student fees, the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office announced Friday.

Patricia Ruggeri, 35, was arrested on Friday at her new place of employment, Rutgers Camden, and charged with one count of theft for allegedly taking student GED fees between April 2011 and July 2012 while she was employed as vice principal of adult education at the New Brunswick Adult Learning Center.

Ruggeri was listed on the Community Leadership Center at Rutgers Camden website as Associate Director for Special Projects on the date of publication of this story. On Nov. 19, her name no longer appeared on the website.

Ruggeri, of East Brunswick, took a leave of absence from the Adult Learning Center around the end of June, and resigned from her job in September, according to Richard Kaplan, Superintendent for the New Brunswick school district.

Kaplan said that he found the discrepancies while going over budget information for the school and reported it to New Brunswick Police Director Anthony Caputo, and from there, it went to the Prosecutor's Office.

Investigators have determined that at least $12,000 is missing from the school's coffers, and are still investigating to see if any other funds are missing.

Bail has been set for Ruggeri at $15,000, according to the Prosecutor's Office.

No students were denied any educational services as a result of the thefts, according to the Prosecutor's Office.

Anyone with information is asked to call Investigator Lisa Collins of the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office at (732) 745-3477.

Editor's note: A previous version of this story incorrectly listed Ruggeri's current place of employment and the location of her arrest, as per information provided by the Middlesex County Prosecutor's Office. Ruggeri was arrested at her office at Rutgers University's Camden campus.

Dee November 09, 2012 at 10:04 PM
A shame to steel from young adult students trying to get education stick to her.
Rick November 27, 2012 at 10:15 PM
Learn to spell and construct sentences correctly .
Myrna Garcia December 10, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Hello. I think this will be the last comment I post for now. Summarizing the prior two, it's quit clear that I got a bad deal when I was let go from the ALC. I also praised all those staff members that gave a large part of their lives working with the population that attended the ALC. The program that I coordinated WFNJ, was an extremely difficult one to facilitate amongst other areas it had. Personally, I was set on the idea that the local hospitals hire our residents. Obviously, after meeting the criterias needed to do the job. I was lucky when I contacted some department heads at the hospital and at least MY participants were given the opportunity to interview. Yes, some got hired. Taking into persepective that they had homeless issues, medical,childcare and many more challenging obstacles to overcome; they had a difficult time keeping the job. I have been thinking about writing a book about the interaction of a welfare recipient trying to make it and the system against them. Do not take me wrong there are workers that do their job with empathy but there are those that belittle the less fortunate.. Personally, I educated my participants on their rights and how to advocate for themselves. I said a paper trial was a must. I sincerely hope there have been changes that will assist these county residents improve their quality of life. Take it from me, it's hard to be a welfare child. I lived it.

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