TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Prosecutors say a high-ranking official at a central New Jersey facility for developmentally disabled persons has been accused of stealing more than $100,000 from the nonprofit organization.

Christopher English is charged with theft by deception and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.

The 32-year-old Delran resident was director of human resources and training for The Arc Mercer.

Prosecutors say he continued to generate paychecks for employees who had resigned or were terminated and deposited the checks into a bank account. They say English used those funds to buy several big-ticket items in recent months, including a new truck, a golf cart and a $30,000 travel trailer.

A phone number for English could not be located Saturday, and it was not known if he has retained a lawyer.

Authorities say the theft was discovered when The Arc Mercer’s payroll company reported some discrepancies to the organization. Officials say authorities helped the group recover almost all of the funds, in cash and assets, that was taken in the scam.

The Arc Mercer has almost 350 employees and an annual budget of close to $17 million.

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