Four Jersey City police officers have been indicted on over 100 charges, including official misconduct, for allegedly performing no-show jobs, filing excessive overtime and violating the city’s policy on taking home city vehicles, the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office confirmed.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
As News12’s Walt Kane first reported this afternoon, a Hudson County Superior Court grand jury handed up indictments against retired Capt. Joseph Ascolese, Lt. Kelly Chesler, as well as Police Officers Michael Maietti and Michael O’Neil.
The report says that the indictments came about as the result of a Kane in Your Corner report back in August 2014 that detailed all the aforementioned officers receiving overtime pay for Pulaski Skyway details they weren’t actually working.
Kane also reported that the officers were charged for allegedly violating the city’s policy for taking home city vehicles.
Ray Worrall, a spokesman for the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Officer, confirmed that the four police officers had been indicted on charges including conspiracy, falsifying records, official misconduct and a pattern of official misconduct.
He did not have any additional details immediately available regarding the indictment.
Back in April 2015, Real Jersey City reported that Chesler filed a federal lawsuit against Public Safety Director James Shea and Chief Philip Zacche for allegedly retaliating against her for reporting sexual harassment by other officers.
Mark B. Frost, of Mark B. Frost & Associates in Philadelphia, is representing Kelly in the case but was not immediately available for comment this afternoon.