I blogged once before about Fictitious Police Report, when news outlets had reported a phony 911 call after a stop over a flat tire. I am blogging about it now because police recently charged a Trenton man with swatting for 17 alleged phony emergency calls. In particular, they claim he placed two in Florence and 15 in Hamilton. Additionally, authorities allege this spanned more than 12 months. For example, they claim it began in December 2017, and it has ended with his arrest in February 2019. Indeed, the cops claim this individual placed a bogus call about an attempted burglary in January 2019. But police arrived to discover a vacant building and no suspicious evidence. Another call that same day for the same address about a fire yielded the same result. Read More
Do you know the expression snitches get stitches? Contrary to street knowledge, however, New Jersey authorities want to combat witness tampering. Indeed, Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office (MCPO) investigators recently charged a Deal police officer with witness tampering and other offenses. But MCPO did not elaborate on the accusations. Instead, the authorities claim the investigation is ongoing. Additionally, the defendant is a fourteen year veteran cop. But this credential did not curry favor with the charging authorities. Instead, the county cops charged the local cop with witness tampering, conspiracy to possess cocaine, and possession of marijuana. More specifically, the witness tampering complaint alleges conduct contrary to N.J.S.A. 2c:28-5a(1). To illustrate, this prohibits causing a witness to testify or inform falsely. Read More
The New Jersey Attorney General recently announced the conviction of a cop and his wife based on fraudulent fund applications. Accordingly, an Ocean County jury convicted the pair for stealing about $187,000 by filing false Superstorm Sandy relief fund applications. Indeed, the state’s case included testimony and evidence that the pair filed fraudulent applications for: FEMA assistance, a low-interest SBA disaster-relief loan, and state grants under the Homeowner Resettlement Program (RSP), the Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation Program (RREM), and the Sandy Homeowner and Renter Assistance Program (SHRAP) funded by the New Jersey Department of Human Services. Previously employed by the Hoboken Police Department, the jury convicted the cop and his his wife on charges of second-degree conspiracy, second-degree theft by deception, and six counts of fourth-degree unsworn falsification to authorities. Read More
New Jersey State Police Sergeant who allegedly lied about the calibration of alcohol breath-testing (Alcotest) devices remained silent during his arraignment this week, per the news. Otherwise, Sergeant Marc Dennis entered a not guilty plea to official misconduct, tampering with public records, and falsifying records.
Are you curious about Impersonating a Police Officer? Police in Jackson, New Jersey filed a complaint against a motorist for this offense, per the news. The charge stemmed from a car stop five days earlier. During the stop, the motorist allegedly identified himself as with the NJ Attorney General’s Office, per the Ocean Signal. Additionally, the motorist said he was allegedly working undercover on drug investigations with the Division of Criminal Justice. But a police investigation discovered evidence to contradict this. Consequently, the cops charged him with impersonating a police officer. Read More