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MAYS LANDING - An Atlantic County elections official from Stratford allegedly used public funds to pay employees who cleaned his mother's attic, authorities say.

Michael Gibbons, 33, is accused of adding "non-work overtime hours" to the time cards of two county workers involved in the clean-up, said the Atlantic County Prosecutor's Office.

The prosecutor's alleged Gibbons used an Atlantic County vehicle to take the employees to his mother's home in Camden County.

Gibbons, a Parkview Road resident, is also accused of soliciting one of the workers to turn over some of the overtime pay for his own use, the prosecutor's office said Thursday.

Gibbons is charged with theft and official misconduct.

No charges were announced against the two employees.

The prosecutor's office identified Gibbons as deputy chief of the Atlantic County Superintendent of Elections.

He has been on unpaid suspension since Jan. 23, a county spokeswoman said Friday.

Gibbons earns $41,502 annually as a county employee, according to state pension records.

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