In midst of FBI probe, sentencing of ex-Jersey City police officer postponed


In the midst of a federal probe of off-duty jobs performed by multiple Jersey City police officers, the sentencing of a former Jersey City police officer who pleaded guilty to accepting $230,000 in corrupt payments has been postponed. Jersey City police

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Juan Romaniello, 54, of East Hanover, the former “pick coordinator” for the Jersey City Police Department’s North District from 2004 to 2014, pleaded guilty in September to cutting the city out of the process of assigning security details and accepting nearly $230,000 in corrupt payments.

His sentencing in front of Newark U.S. District Court Judge John Michael Vazquez was scheduled for this morning, but was postponed until April 13, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office spokesman Matt Reilly.

After many months of rumors and speculation, NBC’s Jonathan Dienst reported last month that “as many as 10 police officers could be charged with corruption early next year” as the result of a no-show job scandal.

Chris Adams, who is representing Romaniello in the matter, confirmed with Hudson County View that his sentencing has been postponed, but declined to comment further.

Meanwhile, the City of Jersey City said today that 11 police officers have been placed on restricted duty in the midst of the federal investigation.

As is standard procedure, the U.S. Attorney’s Office would not confirm or deny the existence of an ongoing investigation.

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