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Eleventh Jersey City cop admits guilt in off-duty jobs scheme

NEWARK — An eleventh Jersey City cop has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge as part of a federal probe of the city's police department that brought down a former police chief last month.

Juan Berrios admitted in a federal courthouse in Newark today to accepting more than $34,000 in corrupt payments for off-duty jobs he did not perform. Berrios, 41, faces a maximum of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the conspiracy to commit fraud charge.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ilty_in_off-duty_job.html


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Of the roughly 120 cops who joined the force since 2016, 27 made more than $45,000 last year counting overtime, city payroll records show. If their off-duty work is included, 29 topped $60,000.

$37k is an astoundingly low number for a police officer, and $45k with overtime is still really low. Maybe the pay scale needs a total rework so that officers start off with higher numbers and don't get crazy raises to the point of making $250k/year eventually.


It does seem awfully low, however they do get nice pensions and/or that "boat check" when they retire from cashing in their hundreds of unused sick days, a common practice among county and city employees. Never understood that one. Paid sick and vacation days at any job I worked were on a "use it or lose it" policy, although one place I left did pay you for unused vacation days when you quit, but there is no way they'd let it build up to require a very large payout.

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While it's obvious that the overtime / off-duty program needs a rework...
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Of the roughly 120 cops who joined the force since 2016, 27 made more than $45,000 last year counting overtime, city payroll records show. If their off-duty work is included, 29 topped $60,000.

$37k is an astoundingly low number for a police officer, and $45k with overtime is still really low. Maybe the pay scale needs a total rework so that officers start off with higher numbers and don't get crazy raises to the point of making $250k/year eventually.

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If this is true and cops do not work off duty jobs then our water bills should drop. I attended a MUA meeting awhile back when the former director complain that water bills have built in them the costs of hiring the police which is a large expense.

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Fulop faces police ire over halting off-duty jobs

Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop's pledge to end a program that allows cops to make extra cash working off-duty jobs is leading to howls of protest from the city's police force.

The program is under fire thanks to a federal investigation that has led to guilty pleas from 10 people, including a former police chief, Phil Zacche. More cops are expected to be ensnared in the probe.

"For too long the program has been abused with police officers more focused on off-duty work than on-duty work," Fulop said in an email to The Jersey Journal. "The widespread corruption was known by countless officers within the department and the degree of abuse is astonishing."

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Sources have confirmed that Real Jersey City’s investigation of ex-JCPD Chief Philip Zacche’s no-show, off-duty security job in Marion Gardens, which he recently pleaded guilty to, sparked a federal probe into the Jersey City Housing Authority’s police off-duty jobs program.
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Ex-Jersey City police chief says he warned city about off-duty jobs scam

Jersey City's public safety director was warned four years ago about potential abuses by cops working off-duty security details at public-housing complexes, according to a letter obtained by The Jersey Journal.

The letter was written in October 2013 by former police chief Robert Cowan, whose successor, Phil Zacche, admitted Friday in federal court that he charged the Jersey City Housing Authority more than $30,000 for security details he did not work at the Marion Gardens public-housing complex.

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Fulop: ‘I would not be surprised if the [JCPD] off-duty jobs go away entirely in 2018′


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Why Jersey City fired cop 2 months before indictment

JERSEY CITY -- One of the Jersey City cops recently indicted on an attempted murder charge over a high-speed pursuit was fired two months ago in part because the city accused him of taking improper cash payments for off-duty work.

MD Khan's alleged actions, detailed in a letter from a city attorney and obtained by The Jersey Journal, mirror those of the officers who have admitted in federal court to taking part in a conspiracy involving the off-duty jobs program. These new accusations surrounding Khan are separate from the federal probe, which has ensnared nine officers.

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Two more Jersey City cops admit roles in scheme

 Two more Jersey City police officers admitted in federal court yesterday to participating in a bribery scheme that has now ensnared at least nine cops.

Ehab Abdelaziz, 38, and Andrea Fahrenholz, 38, both of Clifton, pleaded guilty in Newark yesterday to one conspiracy count each and admitted they were paid for off-duty jobs they never worked. Abdelaziz admitted to conspiracy to commit bribery and Fahrenholz to conspiracy to commit fraud.

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The entire system of requiring off duty cops at construction sites is hardly less than a corrupt shakedown of the construction industry even when they actually show up. ...


Gotta' keep the home fires burning, dontcha know.

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The entire system of requiring off duty cops at construction sites is hardly less than a corrupt shakedown of the construction industry even when they actually show up. In most cities flaggers making a fraction of these cops suffice. Has anyone ever seen the cops posted do anything but bullshit with each other and look at their phones? They rarely direct traffic.

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You must be new to the state. This is standard operating procedure. Par for the course. They just got caught and most don't.


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Wow... incredible corruption!!!

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Another Jersey City cop pleads guilty in federal bribery scheme

NEWARK -- A Jersey City cop admitted in federal court yesterday that he bribed another police officer $40,000 so he could get paid for work he did not perform, becoming the sixth man to plead guilty in a wide-ranging bribery scheme involving off-duty jobs for the city's police force.

Michael O'Leary Jr., 35, who joined the force 10 years ago, faces up to five years in federal prison and a $250,000 fine for his participation in the scheme. His lawyer, John Lynch, told The Jersey Journal today that O'Leary's actions represent a "terrible lapse in judgment."

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Hudson county Democrat machine at work. But JC keeps reelecting them

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The mayor is the "swamp monster."

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I thought the mayor was supposed to drain the swamp!

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I passed by 10 construction sites in NYC and did not see one cop on the job. It is amazing how NYC functions without shaking down its citizens for off duty cops.

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3 more cops face prison in federal probe of Jersey City police

NEWARK -- A wide-ranging federal investigation of the Jersey City Police Department's off-duty jobs program ensnared three more ex-cops this morning, with the former officers admitting in federal court that they participated in a bribery scheme that netted them each thousands of dollars.

James Cardinali, 38, Christopher Ortega, 37 and Victor Sanchez, 37, each pleaded guilty this morning during back-to-back hearings in a federal courtroom in Newark to conspiracy to commit fraud. They each face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

The three men are among five ex-cops who have pleaded guilty in the federal probe of the jobs program, which allows officers to work off duty as private security or traffic managers. The five ex-cops have admitted allowing companies to operate worksites without officers present; submitting phony vouchers to get paid for work they never performed; and accepting cash from cops in exchange for their participation in the scheme.

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What we know about federal probe of Jersey City police

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The Jersey City Police Department was rocked earlier this month by news that 12 officers were stripped of their weapons and put on modified duty, an action the city linked to an ongoing federal probe of the city's off-duty jobs program for cops.

The FBI investigation has been an open secret for months, and cops have been whispering about impending arrests. Sources with knowledge of the probe expect about a dozen arrests within the next month.

http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index ... ow_about_federal_pro.html


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What we know about the federal probe of Jersey City police

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The Jersey City Police Department was rocked last week by news that 12 officers were stripped of their weapons and put on modified duty, an action the city linked to an ongoing federal probe of the city's off-duty jobs program for cops.

The FBI investigation has been an open secret for months, and cops have been whispering about impending arrests. Sources with knowledge of the probe expect about a dozen arrests within the next month.

The FBI and the U.S. attorney's office have declined to comment. None of the 12 officers put on restricted duty last week have been charged with a crime.

Read more:  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... _jersey_city_off-dut.html


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Over 2 years, $1M in off-duty work for 12 Jersey City cops

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JERSEY CITY -- The 12 Jersey City police officers who have been put on restricted duty related to a federal probe of the police department's off-duty jobs program collected about $1 million total from off-duty work over the last two years, payroll records show.

Two of the officers earned more than their total salaries from off-duty work in 2015. James Cardinale made $110,370 from off-duty work in 2015. Cardinale makes a $106,313 salary. Jonathan Hernandez made $89,120 from off-duty work last year. Hernandez's salary is $76,262.

Read more:  http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... llected_840k_for_off.html

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Corruption arrests of Jersey City cops expected, sources say

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JERSEY CITY -- A federal corruption probe is expected to land about a dozen Jersey City cops behind bars next month, law-enforcement sources tell The Jersey Journal.

The probe is focusing on off-duty, private security work and has already ensnared one former Jersey City police officer.

Police officers have been expecting the arrests for months, the sources said.

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Is that why the State Police and the Sherriff department is doing these jobs now?

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It's also why filming TV shows and movies in J.C. dried up. The cops were scamming the productions out of so much money it became infeasible to film in J.C.

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It still is, Yvonne. When I was on the board, I was amazed to see contracts where as much as 25% of the cost was for off-duty cops to stare into the hole. The most outrageous example I saw was one where work was being done at the end of a dead-end street and the cops insisted there needed to be a guy there. Councilman Fulop used to give lip service to this issue, but nothing is going to change until its drummed out of the police contract. As it stands now (unless its changed in the past year), the sole arbiters of whether there needs to be a cop at a site (and how many, whether its 24 hours a day, etc.) are the cops. They decide what is and isn't a public safety issue and then inform the construction company, MUA, et al how many people they will require.

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I was at a MUA meeting several years ago. The biggest complaint from the MUA officials were the payments made to off duty cops. It is the reason our bills (water/sewerage) are so high.

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I voiced my concerns with off-duty cops working on construction sites a few years back ... they claimed they were there for traffic control and the only one's with 'authority' to do it which as the time I thought was crap, because it would have been cost effective to have those 'lolly-pop' crossing guards at schools do the same job.

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