Police Officer Charged with Fraud Involving Off-Duty Work Assignment

On July 2nd a Jersey City police officer was charged with one count of conspiring to defraud Jersey City by obtaining compensation for off-duty work that she did not perform.

Gicella Sanchez, 36 of Jersey City, conspired with another Jersey City police officer who was authorized to assign off-duty work for a little over a year and a half, according to court documents. That officer, with Sanchez’s knowledge and consent, submitted phony paperwork indicating that Sanchez had completed off duty assignments that she had never actually performed.

Sanchez faces a maximum potential penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense.

This isn’t the first time this has come up with Jersey City police – at least 11 other members of the police department, including the former Police Chief Phil Zacche, pleaded guilty to getting paid for no-show or low-show jobs.

U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito credited special agents of the FBI with the investigation leading to the charge. The Jersey City Police Department is cooperating with the investigation.