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Prosecutors: Ex-housing chief faces theft charge

FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — Theft by deception charges have been filed against the former head of the Asbury Park housing authority, who allegedly stole more than $75,000 from the agency.

Monmouth County prosecutors say 52-year-old Mark Holmes of Lawrence diverted state grant funds, collected reimbursements for unauthorized meals and double-dipped on per diem payments when traveling.

Holmes became the authority’s leader in December 2008 and held the post until he resigned in April 2011. Operational control of the agency was eventually turned over to the Long Branch Housing Authority, whose control of the agency was recently extended.

Holmes was freed Friday after posting $70,000 bail, and it wasn’t known Saturday if he had retained an attorney.

If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.