Wrongful Termination Lawsuit Alleges Brick MUA Director Was Fired After Reporting Corruption

Lawsuit claims commissioner received a personal loan after the board approved moving the authority's money from TD Bank to Crown Bank.

Patch file photo
Patch file photo
A wrongful termination lawsuit recently filed in Ocean County Superior Court alleges that the former public utility commissioner fired the former director after he reported corruption within the authority to investigators.

Former Director Scott Bundy - who worked with the authority from 1998 to 1998, and then again from 2007 until 2012, according to the lawsuit - filed a lawsuit against the Brick Township Municipal Utility Authority and then-Commissioner Patrick Bottazzi in Ocean County Superior Court.

"In or about August 2010, plaintiffs learned that defendant Bottazzi was suffering financial difficulties," the complaint, which was published on Courthouse News Service, states.

"Plaintiffs further learned that defendant Bottazzi was then attempting to obtain a loan from Crown Bank and in exchange for the loan had agreed to transition the BMUA's bank accounts to Crown Bank."

Bottazzi allegedly started harassing Bundy after he reported these beliefs to the township's auditor.

In an interview with the Asbury Park Press, Bottazzi denied the allegations, calling the claims "completely false."

The lawsuit claims Bottazzi received the personal loan of about $1.5 million after the board approved moving the authority's money from TD to Crown, with Bottazzi stating publically: "I got my loan."

Bundy is seeking to be reinstated, as well as backpay and punitive damages. He is represented by Kevin Costello in Mount Laurel. An attorney representing Bundy was not immediately available for comment this morning.

Reached at the authority this morning James F. Lacey, Executive Director of the BTMUA, told Patch this is a "personnel matter.  We're in litigation and I can't comment on it."
Hanni Ferguson September 27, 2013 at 11:40 AM
is that where all that bad smell comes from .Bricktown hmmm
justiceforall September 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM
It is also very possible that a former Councilman who is also a former Commissioner made the deal with Mr Bottazzi.
Andy Pat September 27, 2013 at 11:51 AM
MyBackHurts-I was never a big Scarpelli supporter. He may have gotten my vote, but who was the alternative at that time? I have never given a dime of support to any politician in my life. You are making assumptions that have no factual support. Everything I said above IS factual. Here's another fact. I do not know you (and do not want to) and you do not KNOW me! Ducey has nothing to do with this unethical behavior that occured before he held elected office, but your comments show you wish to spin this into something about Ducey. Please stay on topic and stick to facts.
Chief Wahoo September 27, 2013 at 11:52 AM
I thought Botazzi was a horse trainer. Probably needed a loan to pay the vet bills. LOL Bricktucky indeed.
Chief Wahoo September 27, 2013 at 11:53 AM
Pat. I will take a vowel for $200
knarfie September 27, 2013 at 01:12 PM
Why is it that sooner or later, every politician in Brick seems to smell like dirty fish. It never stops.
Kathie Bottazzi September 27, 2013 at 01:22 PM
There's nothing like innuendo and misleading info to sell newspapers. The fact is Mr. Bottazzi's loan commitment was granted months prior to him being informed that TD Bank was going to begin charging $40,000 per year (it had been $20,000) to maintain the BTMUA payroll accounts. He advised that the MUA shop other banks. Crown Bank being a local bank with community ties offered to service these accounts for $0.00; saving the BTMUA and rate payers $40,000 per year. He did not vote on the matter, but a no brainer, nonetheless. The FBI did look into these false accusations and found nothing. Any issue Commissioner Bottazzi had with Mr.Bundy was strictly performance related. My husband's only agenda has and always will be what is best for the BTMUA regardless of political affiliation;which has been met with much flak from constituents throughout the years. He has served Brick Township for more than 25 years,giving back more than most. He would never accept or support any unethical dealings. He is a self-made man and has worked tirelessly for his many accomplishments. I find it tragic that his reputation has been tarnished by such vile untruths, pure fiction created to try and defend incompetence.
proud September 27, 2013 at 01:28 PM
Are you writing from the nail salon or the spa?
lisa September 27, 2013 at 01:41 PM
Kathie I would stand by your husband in a heartbeat. Thanks for clarifying or explaining...and yes moving the accounts to a bank that will not charge "US' the rate payers, 40k a year...I think he made the right move...who gives a rats ass if he got a loan....now lets get a reduction in rates now that that 40k is out of the way...our water/sewer bills are ridiculous in Brick...lol
lisa September 27, 2013 at 01:42 PM
To this day I wish pat would run for mayor....
Richard J September 27, 2013 at 01:45 PM
Good reporting Patch...way to leave out that Brick Councilman Domenick Brando was involved in this. Try reporting the full story. http://www.courthousenews.com/2013/06/25/58806.htm
TJ September 27, 2013 at 01:56 PM
Good One Proud !! If you were smart Kathie you should plead the fifth. You are going to dig your husband grave if you keep commenting on here. Take a page from James Lacey " We are in litigation so no comment"
Chief Wahoo September 27, 2013 at 03:38 PM
Richard J September 27, 2013 at 03:48 PM
I see that there's a Denise Bottazzi that makes $78,520 at the Brick MUA...looks like Republican corruption runs in the family! These greedy Brick Republicans have no shame.
Mare September 27, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Not in the gate and not off Chief. I'm a much better person than that. Wouldn't go there, ever!
lisa September 27, 2013 at 05:00 PM
and the democrats are honest....LMAO.....please most politicians suck.
WMS826 September 27, 2013 at 05:51 PM
Ceasepool of corruption for years. Disban it.
1stcav September 28, 2013 at 08:21 AM
WMS826; But then how will they get , 2 & 3 pension's like the Judges ????? Free benny's for life and more job appointments after leaving office...Oh how can they survive on $-120,000 thousand a year in these had times.....
Jim September 28, 2013 at 08:27 AM
I find it very interesting that the person at the center of this whole thing has nothing to say ? Is that another relative that is on the payroll as well ? The old saying is true " THE fish smells from the top down". Why do we even need the MUA ?
Mac September 28, 2013 at 12:29 PM
Sean, the BTMUA already is merged with the OCUA and BTDPW for more efficiency and fewer political jobs. It's just that the efficiency is for the behind the scenes actions for the same leadership in all the agencies while reducing the middle class political jobs so the leadership can save the ratepayers more for themselves.
lisa September 29, 2013 at 09:41 AM
i still find it interesting that this article that the patch basically copied and pasted verbatim left out brando which was in the very first line of the article....and they call the russian newspapers propaganda...lol
Mac September 29, 2013 at 09:58 AM
@lisa - In Ocean County, America, we call it Gilmore-Lacey propaganda.
Mac September 29, 2013 at 07:59 PM
@lisa again - it might help you understand my meaning more if you read my new profile encompassing the past couple of weeks or so of my propaganda thoughts
Andy Pat September 30, 2013 at 11:21 AM
Kathi Bottazzi does a good job of "stand by your man", but what exacatly is her relationship to Pat? Is this the 2nd wife? Why did Pat have a "girlfriend" at the last MUA Xmas party? Is her agenda to protect Pat's rep or to protect his assets that will eventually benefit her children? I mean she is entitled to her opinion but I do not see how it could be an objective opinion.
Andy Pat September 30, 2013 at 11:36 AM
Why does Brick Patch and the Asbury Park Press articles leave out important factual data? Specifically, Councilman (and also BTMUA employee) Brando's lawsuit against the MUA and Bottazzi? This is in the Court House News article that is linked to the Patch article above. Why is Court House News article dated 6/25/13 but this "news" is just hitting other media sources 3 months later?
Andy Pat October 01, 2013 at 11:52 AM
Colleen Platt (BrickPatch Editor)-Although the above questions are presented in a rhetorical manner, feel free to provide an answer(s) as you would be in the best position to do so.
Mac October 01, 2013 at 11:58 AM
@Andy - pony express service from California where it is published - the post office isn't kidding when it says it needs three more cents a letter
Chief Wahoo October 01, 2013 at 12:08 PM
How do you spell Brick. BRICK-EI-EI-O...........the vowels are everywhere.
Will Watcher October 01, 2013 at 12:36 PM
Chief, I like you have prepared myself for life very well with enough skins to live a long happy life. What I don't do is sit in front of the computer and comment and each and every story everyday like you do on here trying to justify the very existence of my life and make myself important. You seriously need some help or maybe just have another drink
Andy Pat October 01, 2013 at 04:28 PM
And BTW, where did Kathi Bottazzi get her numbers (all wrong)? From her estranged husband who is being investigated by the FBI?


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