Haddon Township commissioner resigns

Paul Dougherty, 48, pleaded guilty to a charge of conspiracy

David Madden
October 17, 2018 - 7:18 pm

New Jersey Office of the Attorney General

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — A Haddon Township commissioner resigned his post after pleading guilty to taking a referral fee from a law firm that represented a township police officer suing the municipality.

Paul Dougherty, 48, entered the plea before a Camden County judge Wednesday to a charge of conspiracy. Officials with the New Jersey Office of Attorney General say Dougherty, a lawyer who also serves as a municipal prosecutor in several South Jersey towns, referred the officer to a law firm that won her a $48,000-dollar settlement in 2015. 

The firm received $21,000 dollars in legal fees and Dougherty was subsequently paid about $7,000 dollars. Dougherty attempted to return the payment after learning he was under investigation by the Division of Criminal Justice.

He is awaiting trial on unrelated charges of leaving the scene of an accident and driving with an expired license.

Dougherty has served on the elected three-member commission since 2007.

Sentencing for Dougherty is scheduled for Dec. 14.