Lower Township MUA – Lower Township

October 25, 2013

Cape May Court House, New Jersey – Cape May County Prosecutor Robert L. Taylor and Lower Township Police Chief William Mastriani announce the arrest of Matthew Ecker of Linwood, New Jersey for Third Degree Crime of Tampering with a Witness and Fourth Degree Crime of Obstructing Administration of Law or Other Governmental Function.

Ecker was arrested following an investigation that revealed that in his capacity as Executive Director, at the Lower Township Municipal Utilities Authority he engaged in conduct which caused the intimidation of employees relating to an investigation involving the Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office. Ecker was charged and subsequently released on his own recognizance. Additional charges are pending further investigation.

Persons convicted of a Third Degree Offense are subject to a sentence of 3 to 5 years in New Jersey State Prison while Fourth Degree carry a maximum sentence of eighteen (18) months in New Jersey State Prison. Prosecutor Taylor and Chief Mastriani recognize the efforts of all of the agencies involved resulting in the successful conclusion of this investigation.

Prosecutor Taylor continues to urge the citizens of Cape May County to report any information regarding illegal activity and or any criminal activity within community and that this information can be reported anonymously through the Cape May County Sheriffs Tip Line at and click on anonymous tip, or through the Cape May County Crime Stoppers at 609-465-2800 or 877-465-2801, Cape May County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-465-1168.