New Jersey Democrat indicted for theft

 April 15, 2024

A Democratic state politician has been charged with theft. 

The politician, according to The Blaze, is Malik D. Johnson.

Johnson used to be a member of the Flemington Township Council, located in New Jersey. He also used to be an officer at the Flemington Democratic Club.

The 47-year-old Johnson, though, no longer holds either position, and he is currently in some serious legal trouble - legal trouble that could land him in prison for a number of years.

The Allegations:

On Thursday, April 11, Johnson was indicted by a New Jersey grand jury with theft by unlawful taking. The incident allegedly took place on June 2, 2023.

By this point, Johnson was no longer an officer at the Flemington Democratic Club. And, this is a significant fact because Johnson is actually alleged to have stolen from the club.

"Johnston, also known as Pippin J. Folk, is accused of going to a bank in Bridgewater and withdrawing $1,000 from an account belonging to the Flemington Democratic Club on June 2, 2023," The Blaze reports.

The outlet adds, "According to prosecutors, Johnston was no longer a member of the Flemington Democratic Club at the time of the withdrawal. Authorities did not reveal how Johnston gained access to the account or whether he spent the stolen money."

After this was revealed, Johnson was pressured to resign from the Flemington Township Council, but he refused to do so. Instead, he kept the position but decided not to run for reelection, which is why he is no longer a member of the council.

There's More . . .

This is not Johnson's first run-in with the law.

My Central Jersey reports that, in June 2023, he was indicted by another grand jury for drug charges. There were eight charges in total, including two counts of third-degree possession of cocaine, two counts of third-degree possession of methamphetamine, second-degree distribution of cocaine, second-degree distribution of methamphetamine, second-degree possession with intent to distribute cocaine, and second-degree possession with intent to distribute methamphetamine.

Johnson, according to the prosecution, unwittingly sold drugs to an undercover police officer over a period of several months.

A hearing in the drug case is scheduled to take place in June, while the court dates for the theft case have yet to be set.

In the state of New Jersey, theft by unlawful taking is a third-degree crime. As a result, Johnson is facing a fine of up to $15,000 and a prison sentence of up to five years.

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