Police Raid Home Of Ex-Wall School Superintendent James Habel
Police have raided the home of another Shore area school superintendent.
The Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office and the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office raided the Point Pleasant home of former Wall Township School Superintendent James Habel early this morning.
Habel was home during the raid according to News 12.
Acting Prosecutor Christopher Gramiccioni has not revealed the reason for the raid saying only his office “undertook an investigative event”
Charges are not expected to be filed nor an arrest made today.
The Patch of Wall reported in December that Habel began a six month leave of absence in January to deal with a medical issue and then took retirement in June when his contract expired.
News 12 reports that the investigation may be centered on the time sheets keeping track of Habel’s sicktime. Habel kept track of all hours for the system.
Wall’s current superintendent, Daniel Simon Sr., said the prosecutor’s office delivered a subpoena to the district on Aug. 22 seeking records related to Habel. He would not say what sort of records the prosecutor’s office asked for, citing the ongoing investigation.
“Everything they asked for was complied with as part of their investigation,” Simon said. “Everything they requested was provided. There have been no additional requests since then.”
Habel received a $408,800 payout for unused sick and vacation time in accordance with a contract that also gives him lifetime health insurance.
WHERE DOES HABEL LIVE?
In a letter Habel sent in 2008 applying for the position of superintendent of schools for Pinellas County, Florida, he wrote that he was a “part time resident of Pinellas County since 1987 and recently built a new home in Dunedin.” The white SUV in the driveway has Florida plates.
Habel served as Superintendent in Wall beginning in March, 2003.
Stacy Proebstle, Jason Allentoff & Matthew White contributed to this story
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