A corrections officer with the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested and charged with theft after she allegedly stole cash from her local police union.
The suspect, a 53-year-old resident of Paterson, is employed by the Passaic County Sheriff’s Office and formerly served as the treasurer for Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) Local #197.
According to law enforcement officials, the suspect used her position as union treasurer to embezzle money from December 2011 to May 2016.
When union officials discovered that cash had gone missing, they alerted local law enforcement to the fraud and theft offenses.
Detectives with the Passaic County Prosecutor’s Office investigated the suspect and found enough evidence to bring criminal charges against her.
If the suspect is ultimately convicted of third degree theft, she would face severe penalties that include a sentence of 3-5 years in New Jersey State Prison and heavy monetary fines.
After being arrested and processed, the suspect was released on her own recognizance.
To learn more about this case, read the NJ.com article, “Corrections Officer Charged with Stealing Funds from Union Accounts.”