A former Jersey City police officer received three years probation, six months of which he will serve on house arrest, after pleading guilty to getting paid at least $12,000 in no-show jobs, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
David Ortmann, 53, of Carlstadt, received his sentence, which includes paying back Jersey City $17,620 in restitution, as well as forfeiting $12,617, in Newark federal court today in from of U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez.
He pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit fraud back in September.
From July 2015 through May 2016, Ortmann conspired with a Jersey City cop who was authorized to assign off-duty work. The officer – with Ortmann’s knowledge and consent – submitted phony vouchers to Jersey City indicating that Ortmann had completed certain off-duty assignments, authorities said.
As a result, Ortmann was compensated for work he never performed. According to the court documents, he received over $5,000 for the no-show job.
Ortmann could have faced up to five years in prison for his crimes. Thus far, only one of the 11 cops ensnared in the federal probe into no-show jobs have faced jail time.
Last month, Mayor Steven Fulop announced the program was being abolished due to widespread corruption.