A former Jersey City police officer was sentenced to 18 months in prison for being compensated for off-duty work he did not perform, paying a fellow office $11,825 in bribes so he would submit phony pay vouchers, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced.Â
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
Ehab Abdelaziz, 38, of Clifton, pleaded guilty pleaded guilty to conspiracy to commit bribery before U.S. District Judge John Michael Vazquez back in October.
Vazquez imposed Abdelaziz’s sentence on Thursday.
From December 2015 through June 2016, Abdelaziz engaged in a conspiracy in which he made a total of $11,825 in bribe payments to another Jersey City cop who was authorized to assign off-duty work, in exchange for that officerâ€™s official assistance in submitting phony vouchers to Jersey City, authorities said.
The vouchers indicated that Abdelaziz had completed certain off-duty assignments, meaning that he was compensated for work he never performed.
In addition to the prison term, Judge Vazquez sentenced Abdelaziz to two years of supervised release and ordered him to pay restitution of $33,955 and forfeiture of $22,449.
Back in February, Jersey City officials announced that they would be getting rid of the police department’s off-duty jobs program, which cost the city $16 million in 2017, in light of the ongoing federal investigation.