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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."
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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