A former New Jersey tax investigator has been spared a prison term for stealing money from taxpayer accounts.

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Joseph Stack was ordered Tuesday to serve three years of probation and pay $6,630 in restitution. He also will be barred from holding public employment in New Jersey.

The 62-year-old Toms River resident had pleaded guilty in January to unlawful taking.

Prosecutors say Stack admitted using his access to tax records between August 2005 and August 2006 to make three unauthorized transfers.

The transfers were made from the business accounts of one deceased and one living person into the accounts of his own dead mother and a living relative.


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