The 11th cop ensnared in a federal investigation into the Jersey City Police Department’s admitted to receiving $34,000 for no-show jobs,Â U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Juan Barrios, 41, of Rahway, pleaded guilty to a conspiracy charge in front ofÂ U.S. District Judge John Michael VazquezÂ , admitting that he accepted $34,951 for off-duty work he did not perform.
As a result, Barrios will forfeit $50,000 and repay Jersey City in the aforementioned amount of money he received in corrupt payments, authorities said.
His sentencing is on April 16th and he could face a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
Former Jersey City Police Chief Philip Zacche was the 10th Jersey City cop to admit getting paid for a no-show job, though he is the first to admit accept corrupt payments from a public entity instead of a private contractor.
Ex-North District â€œpick coordinatorâ€ Juan Romaniello was the first JCPD officer to plead guilty to accepting corrupt payments in September 2016.
Late last year, Mayor Steven Fulop said that he â€œwould not be surprised if the [JCPD] off-duty jobsÂ go away entirely in 2018â€ as a result of the ongoing probe by the FBI and U.S. attorneyâ€™s office.
Then, Fulop announced on Twitter this week that the city would be abolishing off-duty work for the police department, leading to some blow back from members of law enforcement and their supporters.
Couple points per responses: contract issues should be taken up w/union leadership as theyâ€™re your reps. Being in the JCPD is a great long term job + we have a huge waiting list to serve. I understand that some ppl are mad but this decision is what is best for JC + JCPD
â€” Steven Fulop (@StevenFulop) January 31, 2018