Former SNF admin, GOP leader sentenced to 4 years for resident theft

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The former administrator of a New Jersey nursing facility and head of the county's Republican party has been sentenced to four years in prison after failing to pay restitution to a resident he stole more than $139,000 from, thereby violating a plea deal that had kept him out of jail.

Robert Greco Jr. admitted to convincing a resident of East Creek Manor Rehabilitation Center in Eldora, NJ, to give him power of attorney and control over his financial portfolio in 2012. Greco, who owned and operated East Creek for close to 30 years, stole more than $139,000 from the man to pay for business expenses, the Vineland Daily Journal reported.

Greco originally pleaded guilty to third-degree theft charges and received a plea deal that gave him probation in exchange for paying restitution to the man. He was arrested in December after failing to pay restitution.

Greco also was charged with failure to file a tax return and failure to pay income taxes, but those charges were dropped. Greco served as the chairman of the Cumberland County Regular Republican Organization from 2009 to 2014.