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I-Team: Fired Jersey City Cop Spills on Off-Duty Fraud, Bribery Scheme

"This went on unchecked for years," the 14-year Jersey City police veteran says. "This was the culture. If you weren't part of it, you weren't trusted."

A convicted Jersey City cop is dishing dirt about a decades-old off-duty fraud and bribery scheme that has ensared nearly a dozen officers in a wide-ranging federal probe.

The officer, a 14-year veteran, told the I-Team in an exclusive interview that he was one of eight "pick" coordinators who controlled off-duty jobs, including traffic control, for private contractors. Off-duty work is only permitted when officers aren’t on patrol and with authorization by the city.

"The contractors would call me, I assigned the jobs out. I kept the best ones for myself," he said.

"I used to work two or three jobs at a time. If there was a job in front of me, I’d be working my patrol shift, and that job simultaneuously," he added.

The fired officer, who faces a possible prison sentence, said he was making anywhere from $50,000 to $100,000 a year illegally and that bosses looked the other way.

"This went on unchecked for years," he said.

So far, 11 officers have pleaded guilty in the federal investigation that focused on off-duty and no-show jobs. The highest ranking officer to be indicted is former police chief Phil Zacche, who admitted that he bilked the Housing Authority out of tens of thousands of dollars for off-duty security jobs he never worked. He’ll be sentenced next month.

Several sources told the I-Team other officers are being criminally investigated. 

Jersey City's director of public safety, James Shea, said," It was a scheme that went on for a long time. We’ve already closed down over 50 percent of the work that was being done. We ended it completely in the housing developments. We ended the escorts of trucking. We started where we saw the most potential for corruption. License premises, individual homeowners, the trucks that needed escorts." 

He added that the off-duty housing authority program ended months ago and the overall off-duty program will be eliminated by the end of the year.

"It was a corrupting influence on our entire department because there was so much money available at these side jobs," he said.

Shea added it is a strong possibility there will be more arrests by federal authorities.

The president of the Jersey City Police Officers Benevelont Association, Carmine Disbow, said in a statement to News 4's I-Team: "A program that puts approximately 150 extra police officers on the streets on a daily basis, at no cost to taxpayers, is a critical component of keeping our residents safe; yet Mayor Fulop and Public Safety Director Shea have refused to engage in any meaningful conversation about how to reform and overhaul it."

He added, "To paint the entire department as corrupt is unfair, unwarranted and simply wrong. If an apple has a few rotten apples you do not chop down the whole tree."

The convicted officer said he believes there are 20 to 30 more officers and supervisors still on the police force who were part of the corruption scheme.

https://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/ ... -Other-Way-481575311.html


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What about the connection of the police director telling the city council to hire a firm to do an analysis on 911 calls but does not tell the council his connection to this firm through Safir? Where is that transpareancy?

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Ex-Jersey City cop gets prison time for no-show off-duty jobs

NEWARK -- A Jersey City police officer was sentenced to 18 months in federal prison yesterday for getting paid for no-show off-duty jobs in a scandal that has resulted in 11 officers pleading guilty, including the former chief of police.

"This was a criminal act of corruption and bribery committed by a police officer who was sworn to uphold the law," said Assistant U.S. Attorney Vikas Khanna at the sentencing of former Jersey City Police Officer Ehab Abdelaziz, 38.

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


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Third ex-cop avoids jail time for Jersey City off-duty scheme

A former Jersey City cop will not go to prison for his role in a scam that netted him more than $12,000 in corrupt payments.

David Ortmann, 53, was sentenced in a federal courthouse in Newark yesterday to three years' probation -- six months of that in home confinement -- and was ordered to pay $17,620 in restitution to Jersey City and to forfeit $12,617.

Ortmann pleaded guilty in September to one count of conspiracy to commit fraud.

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


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Ex-Jersey City cop sentenced for off-duty jobs scheme

A former Jersey City police officer was sentenced today to 18 months in prison for his role in an off-duty jobs scheme that included paying bribes to get off-duty work he did not perform, federal authorities announced. 

Michael O'Leary, 35, of Jersey City, previously pleaded guilty before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez to one count of conspiracy to commit bribery and was facing up to five years in prison. 

Vazquez imposed the 18-month sentence today in Newark federal court.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... or_off-duty_jobs_sch.html


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Jersey City moves to ax off-duty jobs for cops

JERSEY CITY — Mayor Steve Fulop and Public Safety Director James Shea announced at City Hall today that the city is moving forward with a plan to dismantle a program that allowed cops to work off-duty gigs, angering officers who say Fulop is punishing the entire force for the actions of a handful of bad cops.

The move comes as the program is under intense federal scrutiny, with 11 people, including ex-Police Chief Phil Zacche, admitting their involvement in a scheme that allowed officers to accept payments for off-duty jobs they didn't work. Shea said today officers' misconduct related to off-duty jobs is "much more widely spread" than what is publicly known and he suggested that the entire force knew about the malfeasance.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... f-duty_jobs_for_cops.html


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Frozen for 2 years at 37k. They can't even afford to live here!


You mean rookies, not rank and file. This is part of the smoke and mirrors of cop contracts, they can point to their poor underpaid rookies that they threw under the bus in the last contract since they weren't there to vote.


Or how a few years after they actually get that step, they get frozen again?


Okay, i'll bite, how long are they at this next "frozen" step and how much is that pay? Since you seem close to the conversation, I'm interested in seeing the pay scale cause I see many youngish looking cops driving BMWs, Benzs and late model SUVs. Many officers I know from my home town own boats and jetskis and many other toys. How is that possible if the pay is so bad?

Make no mistake, I am not anti cop and I appreciate that it can be a tough job at times...a lot of family and friends are police but the "woe is me" gets old when EVERYONE sees a detail on a job site getting paid time and a half sitting in their civilian cars or standing on a corner texting.

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Frozen for 2 years at 37k. They can't even afford to live here!


You mean rookies, not rank and file. This is part of the smoke and mirrors of cop contracts, they can point to their poor underpaid rookies that they threw under the bus in the last contract since they weren't there to vote.


Or how a few years after they actually get that step, they get frozen again?

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You mean rookies, not rank and file. This is part of the smoke and mirrors of cop contracts, they can point to their poor underpaid rookies that they threw under the bus in the last contract since they weren't there to vote.

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Median income of 100k lol. Their contract is atrocious. Frozen for 2 years at 37k. They can't even afford to live here!

The contractor paid the city, whom in turn paid the cop. A portion of what is paid also goes to the city. The city made money off these details.

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Can we get some money back please

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Does this mean street construction will finally be able to use cheap flaggers like everyplace else in the universe instead of paying cops to stand around looking at their phones?

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Jersey City Mayor Steven Fulop has pledged to put an end to city police officers working off-duty jobs in the wake of a corruption scandal within the department for doing just that.

Fulop made the announcement on Twitter Tuesday. He says that the median income for a Jersey City police officer is about $100,000. He says that some officers were able to make double or triple that amount by working off-duty jobs.

Fulop says that his issue is that corrupt police officers have been defrauding the city by filling out and submitting time sheets for off-duty work that they never actually did.

“We don’t think that the stain that this program has put on the reputation of the city is something that should continue,” Fulop says. “We’re going to eliminate it.”

http://newjersey.news12.com/story/374 ... ers-working-off-duty-jobs

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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.
http://www.realjerseycity.com/10-thin ... -condoned-the-corruption/

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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.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... ys_he_warned_city_of.html


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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.

http://www.nj.com/hudson/index.ssf/20 ... p_over_off-duty_work.html


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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.

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


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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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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."

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


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

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