NJ construction head stole millions from firms, bought donkeys with cash: feds

What an asinine scheme.

A New Jersey construction company honcho embezzled millions of dollars from two businesses — and used part of the dough to buy donkeys, authorities said.

Jonathan Baker, 38, of Green Township — a former chief financial officer at an unnamed building company — allegedly altered bank statements between 2015 and 2018 to fleece two firms out of at least $2 million, according to an indictment filed in New Jersey federal court Thursday.

He used an undisclosed amount of the money to purchase six donkeys, though it’s not said how much he paid or what he did with them, according to court documents.

Baker — who owns and egg farm — also made a $20,000 payment to Wells Fargo for his mortgage and he wrote a $15,000 check for a BMW, before spending hundreds of thousands more on other personal expenses, the indictment states.

“Baker misappropriated millions of dollars from the [companies’] bank accounts and used the funds for his personal expenses, including mortgage payments on Baker’s residence, the purchase of a BMW, and the purchase of six donkeys,” U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito said in a press release.

Baker was charged with five counts of wire fraud and three counts of money laundering, according to the indictment.

A spokesman for U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito declined to release the name of the firms Baker allegedly stole from.

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