Authorities said Wedderman was stealing from the teachers union to pay his personal bills
Wayne Wedderman was earning almost $78,000 a year as an athletic trainer at Barnegat High School.
The 43-year-old Howell man also was entrusted with the finances of the Barnegat Education Association, the school district’s teachers union.
But authorities said Wedderman, a former Lacey resident, was stealing from the teachers union to pay his personal bills. And he even used the teachers’ funds to bankroll a trip to Walt Disney World in sunny Florida last year.
It all came crumbling down in November, when the union caught on to the theft, and an investigation led to Wedderman’s arrest.
Wedderman was charged with stealing $23,000 from the education association. He was suspended from the job he held for nine years. He later resigned from his position at the high school.
In July, Wedderman acknowledged that he pilfered the funds he was entrusted to safeguard for his fellow educators.
Now, he is due to face a judge on Friday to learn his punishment.
Wedderman’s sentencing is scheduled for 9 a.m. in Superior Court in Toms River, before Judge Wendel E. Daniels.