Jersey City police detective charged with forgery in attempt to get a security contract


A Jersey City police detective has been charged with forgery in an attempt to get a security contract for a business he is associated with, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

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By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Police Det. Joel Chaviano, 48, is charged with one count of fourth-degree forgery, Suarez said in a statement.

He was arrested without incident at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City earlier today and released on a summons pending his first court appearance on Tuesday, September 13th.

An investigation by the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Public Integrity and Insurance Fraud Units determined Chaviano submitted a forged Certificate of Liability to a private company in an attempt to secure a security contract for a business he is associated with.

The charges are unrelated to his position with the Jersey City Police Department. The case was referred to the HCPO by the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office of the Insurance Fraud Prosecutor.

According to Chaviano’s defunct LinkedIn page, he founded Urban Tactical Firearms, located at 548 West Side Ave., in September 2019, which also offer security services, according to their website.

Chaviano has been a member of the department for just under a decade and earned a salary of $113,848, according to public records.

He has also worked on Mayor Steven Fulop’s security detail.

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