Ex-Jersey City police chief gets 2 years probation for stealing $24k from housing authority

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Former Jersey City Police Chief Philip Zacche was sentenced to two years probation, with six months home confinement, after pleading guilty to stealing more than $24,000 from the local housing authority by billing the agency for work he did not perform. 

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Zacche was sentenced by U.S. District Judge Freda L. Wolfson this afternoon and will also pay a $10,000 fine, a $24,036 restitution and an $18,720 forfeiture, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Matt Reilly.

Zacche is one of the 11 Jersey City police officers who was ensnared in the federal investigation into no-show off-duty security details by the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

While the government initially said that Zacche stole over $32,000 from the Jersey City Housing Authority, they amended that figure to $24,036.

Citing the ongoing corruption probe, Mayor Steven Fulop announced in February that the city would be doing away with off-duty security details.

For the time being, Zacche is still eligible for a hefty $143,000 annual pension. A state pension board will decide if he will remain eligible at a future date.

Back in April 2017, the now disgraced former police chief made headlines for receiving a $513,000 payout for unused sick and vacation days.

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