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DCA employee used his consumer affairs position for personal gain

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David Biederman, former consumer education coordinator for the New Jersey Division of Consumer Affairs (DCA), pleaded guilty in August to two counts of conducting unlawful business transactions, a fourth-degree offense. 

Biederman admitted that when a citizen called to complain about a contractor doing shoddy work, he referred the caller to his wife’s law firm. The firm filed a $150,000 lawsuit on the client’s behalf. As a paralegal, Biederman’s wife, Lita Biederman, would have received 50% of the legal fees.
 
When the partner handling the case retired in 2006, Biederman arranged to transfer the case to another firm where his wife worked, and again negotiated a share of the fees for himself and his wife.
 
An investigation by the state Office of the Attorney General showed that Biederman himself did substantial work on the case at each of the firms.

 

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