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Prosecutor: Former Brick School Official Didn’t Disclose Drug Dealing Past

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Andrew Morgan (Photo: Ocean County Jail)
Andrew Morgan (Photo: Ocean County Jail)

The man arrested Thursday alongside Brick schools Superintendent Walter Uszenski did not disclose a 1989 arrest and conviction on charges he sold cocaine to undercover New York City police officers.

Andrew Morgan was a 41-year-old special education English teacher in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn when he was arrested with Jay Dubner, then 38, a special education administrator, according to a New York Times report from May 10, 1989.

Morgan – whose wife, Lorraine Morgan, is the Brick district’s Academic Officer today – was arrested Thursday for his role in a scheme to help Uszenski allegedly take $40,000 in daycare and transportation services from the district for his grandchild, who was not entitled to those services. Morgan, who Uszenski recommended to be appointed as the district’s Interim Director of Special Services, engineered the scam, prosecutors say.

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The Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office said Thursday that Morgan failed to disclose his conviction stemming from the 1989 botched drug sale when he applied for a job with the Brick school district. According to the New York Times article, Morgan had been charged five times with selling cocaine, as well as conspiracy to sell heroin, at one point allegedly agreeing to fly to Thailand in order to buy heroin for undercover agents posing as drug dealers.

At the time of the May 1989 arrest, Dubner sold cocaine to Morgan in a car parked on Ocean Boulevard in Brooklyn, packaged in an official Board of Education envelope.

All the time Morgan worked in Brick, two articles on his case were published on the New York Times website for all to see.

Morgan was ultimately convicted on felony drug charges, the Times reported. He fought his tenure charges in New York, and eventually sought $35,000 in back pay from the New York City school system.

Morgan resigned from his position in Brick on Dec. 31, 2013, having been paid about $60,000 in compensation between March 1, 2013 and Dec. 31, 2013, said Al Della Fave, spokesman for the prosecutor’s office. Morgan also runs a company called Morgan Associates for Children with Special Needs, according to a New Jersey Department of Education disclosure statement provided by Lorraine Morgan.

Morgan, following his arrest Thursday, made $100,000 cash bail and is no longer an inmate at the Ocean County Jail, records showed Thursday night.


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  • ceeshore

    OMG….are ya kidding me? This is crazy. Where was the background check & how did he ever get the job in Brick?

    • JJones

      who did he know to get the job ??

  • Chief Wahoo

    Time to get rid of Lorraine Morgan ASAP….although I do give these public takers some credit, for having the same last name, usually public takers don’t like to do that ad it’s harder for taxpayers to follow them.

  • jane

    Who saw the background check and who passed it through? Where are the fingerprints? Dr. U and Morgan go way back together. I’d find it very hard to believe that Dr. U and his wife didn’t know about his past conviction.

    • JW

      The Brick BoE’s point man for personnel matters was John Talty and he conspicuously resigned last week for ‘sudden health problems.’ I don’t think this is a coincidence. Me thinks that there’s some smoke here. Rats always flee a sinking ship after all.

      • #@#.com

        Talty’s son is high up in the Brick police dept. He also has a nephew that is a Brick cop. I wonder if he was notified or received special treatment and or information?

      • JW

        Talty’s daughter in law used to be the psychologist for the Brick school district too. They’re pretty heavily on the town payroll.

  • Frank Rizzo

    Any simple fingerprint check done for firearms purchasing, and employment such as this would easily reveal this criminal record. All states are checked during a fingerprint submission in addition to a NJ check. I suspect there was no fingerprint check knowing this would come up which is why he was hired as a CONsultant. Perhaps in that role they do not do an employment background check. Shore Beat should do an OPRA request for his resume and employment applications process. Anyone who use a resume to apply for a public job will have their resume on file for public viewing.

    • jane

      Mr. Morgan was hired at $17,499 as a consultant. I believe the bid threshold for this kind of service is $17,500. Therefore, the consultant job did not go out to public bid. Somebody knew that was the way to slip him under the radar.

      • Jen

        I smell more then 2 rats!

      • Chuck Cumella

        I smell a town hall full of rats

  • #@#.com

    No wonder Brick kids don’t know readin and rightin so good.

  • #@#.com

    I wonder if these people were the ones who allowed out of town students to attend Brick High school, just to play football for their uncle the coach?

  • Kate

    I understand how you all want to bash the superintendent and Morgan for this mess. They created it, so they deserve the bashing. But the kids and the teachers don’t! Leave them out of this, please. You may resume bashing…..

  • #@#.com

    Does this winner look like Lon Chaney Jr or what?……..

  • #@#.com

    aa

  • Chuck Cumella

    THIS IS JUST NOT ACCEPTABLE! Remember people: WE PAY THEIR SALARIES. When they fail it COSTS US. When they steal (nice words like extortion etc..) they use tax money which equals: STEALING FROM YOUR FAMILY. Remember Mayor Joe Scarpelli, everyone loved him and though he was a nice guy and did great for the community; WELL HE STOLE MONEY DIRECTLY FROM ALL OF YOUR FAMILIES. Remember, we pay their salaries with our own money.

  • Jen

    How is it that this man is suspended WITH PAY??? We all know that if it were any other employee working for the district, that would not be the case. This is so wrong on so many levels!!!