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Suspended Brick Schools Super Seeking to Quash Indictment; State Appealing Sentence of Co-Defendant

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The Ocean County Justice Complex, Toms River, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The Ocean County Justice Complex, Toms River, N.J. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Suspended Brick schools Superintendent Walter Uszenski, along with his daughter Jacqueline Halsey and former Special Services Director Andrew Morgan, are seeking to have a grand jury indictment thrown out of court, Shorebeat has learned.

Superior Court Judge Patricia Roe will hear the motion to dismiss the indictments against Uszenski, Halsey and Morgan June 15. The motion was recently filed, nearly a year after the trio were charged with allegedly hatching a plan to provide Uszenski’s grandson with special education services, including full-time daycare and transportation, for which the state alleges the child did not qualify.

Defense attorneys and others involved in the case have consistently held that the child in question was eligible to receive the services in question and the case against all three individuals – as well as former Academic Officer Lorraine Morgan, Andrew Morgan’s wife – was politically motivated.

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Last month, Lorraine Morgan was granted acceptance into pre-trial intervention, a diversionary program for nonviolent criminal offenders in New Jersey that expunges criminal records after they complete a probationary period. Prosecutors, according to Al Della Fave, spokesman for the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office, are planning to appeal Lorraine Morgan’s acceptance into the program. A court date for that matter has not yet been set, Della Fave said. Lorraine Morgan had been charged with third degree officials misconduct, but would avoid trial under the PTI program.

Uszenski, Halsey and Andrew Morgan have been charged with official misconduct and theft by deception. A grand jury returned an indictment against all three in September 2015. Andrew Morgan has also been charged with false swearing and theft by deception for “knowingly concealing” his prior criminal conviction for criminal sale of a controlled dangerous substance in New York City in 1990. State officials have told Shorebeat that Morgan passed a background check that was performed by the Brick school district since Morgan was granted a waiver to continue to be able to work in public schools in 1997.

Previously, two articles on his criminal case were published in the New York Times.


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  • Surfrider

    This is ridiculous! These crooks to the tax payers of Brick need to be held totally and unconditionally responsible for their actions. This is why this corruption exists in the first place, foxes watching the hen house and knowingly if they get caught, just a slap on the wrist. This wasn’t politically motivated, it was tax payer fraud motivated. Also this business of Lorraine Morgan being accepted into pre-trial intervention is a disgrace to the our justice system, and I would investigate the people who allowed this to take place, they are probably in cahoots with them all. Andrew Morgan’s background check by Brick school officials should also be investigated, because how do you miss a corrupt, deceitful, drug infested background like his? Unbelievable. But unfortunately, all over this state, not just the corrupt machine in Brick, do the honest taxpayers of this state suffer. When are we all going to get together and demand the same benefits we are forced to pay for with our taxes for these school officials, when we the taxpayers ourselves do not have? It makes no damn sense! Pensions and these ridiculous perks need to stop and 401k programs be put in, just like the lucky few have in the private sector…… Case closed!

    • KaayC

      I disagree with the pension thing. I believe all workers should get modest pensions. Saving monies in a 401 K did not work out so well w. The Wall Street banksters who raped and pillaged 401Ks in 2008 and did not do one day of jail time, yet we all got to bail them out. Loss of jobs, loss of fair interest bank rates and loss of belief in the system so bad people looking for any alternative up to and including Donald Trump. Everyone should get a pension. Everyone should unionize IMO because depending on the kindness of employers hearts is a mistake…..they have no hearts. Our local theater using scab labor for theater revamp while American workers sit benched is one example! Please demand they use American workers.

      • J W

        Agreed- the private sector should be paying better pensions than the public sector. It’s not supposed to be a race to the bottom. Those public sector pensions aren’t exactly get rich quick schemes. They’re simply reasonable.

      • KaayC

        Yes! Race to the bottom seems where many would have us go.

      • SoWhat?

        So kaayc is a union slug/ union thug.

        You call good hard working, non union people ” scabs “.

        What are you? Union scum?

        2 non union workers do the work of 10 union slugs at half the cost and half the crying.

      • KaayC

        I have worked union and non union, union is better! So what! Are you enjoying the lack of benefits? Like many workers, unless self-employed you are your employer’s whim away from joblessness and too arrogant to realize it. And performance can have squat all to do with it. Many WOULD characterize you as scab because you eat from the trough of prevailing wage, but are perhaps too cheap to pay a book? Go down south and see what happens to the hourly wage where there are no unions to set the tone. Your arrogance in thinking you don’t need collective bargaining could end you on your ass sooner than you know. In unity there is strength. In your non-union everyman for himself there is extreme vulnerability.

      • J W

        People like this think they’re a deputized part of the ruling class. They aren’t. http://www.stirjournal.com/2016/04/01/i-know-why-poor-whites-chant-trump-trump-trump/

      • KaayC

        Interesting article. The old divide and conquer at play. Still at play, right?

      • J W

        If a genie came to you and gave you a wish on the condition that it would do twice as much for your neighbor, you’d probably say ‘take one of my eyes.’ The hyper-individualist crap is bogus. It just bolsters the elitists, snobs and con men on Wall Street.

        http://www.stirjournal.com/2016/04/01/i-know-why-poor-whites-chant-trump-trump-trump/

  • KaayC

    This while we have to beg to get roads paved, timely leaf and snow removal and AC in the schools. I believe I speak for many if I say, Hang em high and/or hang anybody who let’s them off. The schools in NJ are just rife with corruption.

    • Surfrider

      Unions suck too much blood out of their constituents. Most of the money goes to the higher up mobsters of that particular union.

  • SoWhat?

    Pensions are ponzi schemes also known as pyramid schemes.
    The many at the bottom are supposed to support the few at the top.
    The problem is when there are more at the top than at the bottom.
    That is called an inverse pyramid.
    401 k ‘s are much more fair and sustainable.
    Each enrollee receives what they put in.

    • KaayC

      Yah yah all sounds nice in theory. You are assuming that the monies put in will not be lost to fluctuating markets. People were fleeced of their portfolios and many never recouped the monies they put in before the great recession (read – great fleecing) by Wall Street banksters. Also, real wages for non-union labor have not kept up w. the cost of living. Many workers have nothing to set aside! They will be a burden on society when they age.
      The inverted pyramid you describe in large part exists because of the undocumented laborers who refuse to buy a book. They need to join the system. I will take a defined pension plan before a 401K any day of the week. I actually have both and did okay on the 401k from a former job only because I pulled out of the market in fall of 2007 because I had a low risk tolerance and saw where markets were going. I was also extremely lucky. Not all were. A moral society takes care of its elderly. You pay when you are young for the elderly and those younger pay when you get old. Union corruption exists, but should be routed out like this Superintendent and crew. That doesn’t mean we should throw pensions by the wayside for honest, hardworking people.

      • SoWhat?

        Where do you think pension money is invested? Stocks and bonds.
        Public pensions rip off tax payers.
        Pensions would be okay if only funded by the workers in rhe system and percent taken out of paycheck is invested in a safe guaranteed interest fund.

        When 1000 workers pay the pensions for 10 retirees then it works.

        When 1000 workers pay the pensions of 10,000 retirees it doesn’t work.

        Same with social security.

      • KaayC

        You have been drinking the Governors koolaid. Attack against middle class and frankly against the teachers NOT his buddies – the administrators. The pensions are squeak compared to Corporate tax exemptions and CEO bonuses.. Keep it real.

      • J W

        Not all retirement options are invested in the same stocks and bonds though. Most 401ks are sold by scam artists who work on commission and take fat pounds of flesh from YOUR nest egg for doing no real work and selling crap financial products, so they don’t care if they sell you junk funds- they have no incentive to work in your best interests. Pensions though are managed by fiduciaries who are held to higher standards and are liable for losses, so you’re all better off with a regulated pension as a retirement.

        Oh, and if you have an account with First Investors, dump that trash. They swindled a few of my idiot cousins with their junk-bond filled mutual funds that all crashed a few years back.

  • Hydra Trump

    Free Wally!

  • Surfrider

    These pensions are simply unsustainable. If someone works for 20 years and say are 40 years old and stop working, why should taxpayers be responsible to pay someone monies(% of their salary) for another possible 50 years or so of retirement when they put nothing in to the pot to begin with? One does not have to put their 401k 100% into stock. One can invest some, the rest just put in an interest bearing account, along with the match of the state, which I never heard what % it would be. But it would make the employee responsible to SAVE ! And make a big difference to the taxpayers of the state. Too many loop holes for staties to
    work a lot of overtime their last few years to drive up the base of what their pension is based on, ridiculous, or the multiple dippers with multiple pensions. If they worked the hours for these multiple pensions, fine, but no one does, a few hours here and a few hours there, and presto, a few pensions!
    Unions came about to help workers get fair treatment. No place for unions in local, county, state, or federal employment.

    • KaayC

      I agree on some level except for the fact that the banks are NOT paying a fair interest rate of 5 %. You may as wrll stash the savings in an old mattress.

      • Chief Wahoo

        The banks are insolvent……no one cant pay 5% because the Government would collapse in 3 days ….that’s what happen when you are 19Trillion in Debt.
        Reset or Revolt. Those are your choices. Choose Wisely

      • SoWhat?

        Chief Wahoo is right on target.
        The Fed government is keeping interest rates at zero so they dont have to pay interest on the US bonds they sell to finance the US ponzi scam.
        They also keep social security increases at zero.
        The Fed also lets big banks borrow money at zero interest and then charge 18% interest on credit cards.
        I could go on and on but I won’t.
        The Chief and I both know that the US ponzi scam/house of cards is ready to collapse.

      • SoWhat?

        I won’t even get started on insider trading and rigged commodity markets

      • KaayC

        Talking to yourself? You must have money in the bank…..lol

      • KaayC

        Yes! I believe The banks SHOULD have collapsed eight years ago. As it us we ar subsidising the bankers.

  • Chief Wahoo

    Public takers are going to keep on taking. That’s what parasites do. Until you rip the parasite from the host and the flush it down the toilet.

    Stop handing the public takers your money. And watch the pension Ponzi scam crumble like a Bricktucky sandcastle on their overpriced beaches. So simple a solution even a public taker can see the writing on the pyramid

  • Chief Wahoo

    May as well put $50 billion on Red @ roulette table in Atlantic City. You win you make up the pension Ponzi hole. You lose , you save Atlantic City from Bankruptcy. Either way the taxpayers will pick up the difference for the loser. Now that’s a win-win Jersey style !!!!!

  • Surfrider

    True. If banks still gave the 5%, I think a lot of us would have been o.k.. Their best return though would be in the %match of what they put into it. So if for every dollar they put in they got a 10 cent match, that would be 10% on their money? Be pretty darn good.