For Immediate Release
March 22, 2010
Assistant Attorney General Benjamin J. Agati
New Hampshire Attorney General Michael A. Delaney announces that on Monday, March 22, 2010, James Murphy, former Chief of the New Castle Police Department and former co-chair of the Coast Guard/New Castle Police Food Drive Fund, pled guilty in Rockingham County Superior Court to one count of theft for his unauthorized taking of $8,675.00 from the food drive fund between 2001 and 2004. Judge Tina Nadeau sentenced Murphy to a period of twelve months in the House of Correction, with eight months suspended. In addition, he was sentenced to two years of probation and was ordered to make full restitution to the food drive fund. His sentence to the House of Correction began immediately after the court hearing. Murphy also agreed to be decertified as a law enforcement officer.
The Coast Guard/New Castle Police Food Drive Fund was a private entity established in 2001 by Murphy and Commander Mark Cutter, then-commander of the United States Coast Guard station in New Castle. The purposes of the fund, which solicited money from area businesses and residents, were to purchase Christmas gifts for disadvantaged families and oil for needy homeowners. It also sponsored a bike rodeo for the children of local law enforcement and service personnel. While the food drive fund existed until 2004, Murphy's theft was not discovered until 2009.
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