Sudhan Thomas (44), former executive director of Jersey City Employment and Training Program (JCETP) has been charged January 3, 2020 with embezzling JCETP funds.
This is the second case filed against the Jersey City, NJ Indian Sudhan Thomas in less than a month.
On December 19, 2019, Sudhan Thomas along with four other public officials was charged with with taking thousands of dollars in bribes from a cooperating witness in the form of campaign contributions.
According to the complaint::
Thomas served as JCETP’s acting executive director from January 2019 until his resignation in July 2019. JCETP is a nonprofit organization that operated to assist Jersey City residents to prepare for and enter the work force. JCETP received substantial amounts of its funding from federal grants from the U.S. Department of Labor and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Using his access to JCETP funds and control of JCETP’s bank accounts, from March 2019 through July 2019, Thomas embezzled more than $45,000 from JCETP. Thomas caused checks to be drawn from JCETP accounts that were made payable to others, but ultimately received by Thomas. He also embezzled JCETP funds by issuing JCETP checks made out to cash that Thomas either cashed himself or used to obtain bank checks that Thomas made payable to his entity, Next Glocal, which were deposited into a Next Glocal bank account that Thomas controlled. Thomas used the JCETP funds deposited to Next Glocal’s bank account to pay for his personal expenses, including payments to Thomas’s landlord in Jersey City and airfare and hotel expenses for a trip to Hawaii, and to fund transfers to Thomas’ family trust account.
On the count of theft from an organization receiving federal funds, Sudhan Thomas faces a maximum potential penalty of up to ten years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000 or twice the gross pecuniary gain or loss.
Jersey City, NJ Indian Sudhan Thomas is expected to make his initial appearance on January 9, 2020 in Newark federal court.