Baseball Club Treasurer Charged With Stealing $29K From Organization

FEBRUARY 13, 2023



GREEN BROOK TWP., N.J. – Somerset County Prosecutor John P. McDonald, Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office Chief of County Detectives John W. Fodor and Greenbrook Township Chief of Police William Coward announced the arrest of John M. Brault, age 42, of Heritage Drive, Green Brook, New Jersey in relation to acts of theft by deception of Green Brook Baseball Club funds occurring from July of 2018 to May of 2022 in Greenbrook Township, New Jersey.

Prosecutor McDonald stated that in May of 2022, the Special Investigations Unit of the Somerset County Prosecutor’s Office was notified of a report of suspected theft by deception on the part of the treasurer of the Green Brook Baseball Club organization in the Township of Green Brook. An investigation was conducted by detectives from the Special Investigation Unit and the Green Brook Police Department. As a result of this investigation, it was determined that for nearly a four-year period, and while acting as treasurer, John Brault had been misusing approximately $29,000.00 in funds belonging to the Green Brook Baseball Club funds for his personal use.

On Thursday, February 2, 2023, John Brault was arrested by the Green Brook Township Police Department without incident and charged with 3rd degree, Theft by Deception. Defendant Brault was processed at the Green Brook Police Department and released pending his court date in this matter.

Prosecutor McDonald, Chief Fodor, and Police Chief William Coward request anyone with information relating to this incident to contact the Somerset County Prosecutors Office Special Investigations Unit at (908) 231-7100 or the Green Brook Township Police Department at (732) 968-1188 or via the STOPit app. The STOPit app allows citizens to provide anonymous reports including videos and photos. STOPit can be downloaded to your smart phone for free at the Google Play Store or Apple App Store, access code: SOMERSETNJ. Information can also be provided through the Somerset County Crime Stoppers’ Tip Line at 1-888-577-TIPS (8477). All anonymous STOPit reports, and Crime Stopper tips will be kept confidential.

      NOTE: The charges are merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

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