Prosecutor: Jersey City cop submitted forged records to receive medical leave

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A Jersey City police officer submitted forged records between March 2022 and January 2023 to receive medical leave, Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez announced.

By John Heinis/Hudson County View

Justin Rivera, 31, is charged with six counts of forgery/uttering forged documents, which are crimes of the fourth degree, Suarez said in a statement.

He was arrested at the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office in Jersey City and released pending his first court appearance, which is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, July 9th.

Between March 2022 and January 2023, Rivera submitted six records to the Jersey City Police Department requesting medical leave. The investigation found the six records were forged/altered, granting Rivera over eight weeks of additional medical leave.

Rivera was part of the 28-member inaugural class of the Hudson County Public Safety Training Center that graduated in June 2021.

Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Internal Affairs Unit and the Jersey City Police Department Internal Affairs Unit with the investigation and arrest.


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