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Worker faces jail for selling surplus equipment

Keywords: Tags  scrap metal, New Jersey Department of Treasury, David Winkler, Lisa Gordon

PITTSBURGH — A former supervisor at a New Jersey Treasury Department warehouse has been found guilty of stealing surplus equipment and selling it as scrap.

David Winkler, 51, of Bordentown, N.J., was convicted by a Mercer County Superior Court jury of conspiracy, official misconduct, theft by unlawful taking, and misapplication of entrusted property and government property.

He faces up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $150,000 when he is sentenced March 6.

The state attorney general’s office said Winkler and other employees at the warehouse in Hamilton sold surplus metal equipment—including desks, filing cabinets and other furniture—to a nonapproved recycler in Trenton for more than $24,000 between July 2005 and April 2007. Another recycling company had a contract to buy scrapped equipment from the state.

Four other former warehouse employees, all of New Jersey, previously admitted their roles in the scheme.

James Mate, 52, of Yardville pleaded guilty to official misconduct and was sentenced to three years in prison; Dominick Mangine, 48, of Jackson pleaded guilty to official misconduct and was sentenced to 364 days in jail; Thomas Sundstrom, 70, of Southampton pleaded guilty to official misconduct and faces 364 days in jail when he is sentenced; and William Gawroski III, 37, of Hamilton pleaded guilty to a pattern of official misconduct and is facing probation.

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