A wide-ranging federal investigation of the Jersey City Police Department’s off-duty jobs program ensnared three more ex-cops this morning, with the former officers admitting in federal court that they participated in a bribery scheme that netted them each thousands of dollars.
James Cardinali, 38, Christopher Ortega, 37 and Victor Sanchez, 37, each pleaded guilty this morning during back-to-back hearings in a federal courtroom in Newark to conspiracy to commit fraud. They each face up to five years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
The three men are among five ex-cops who have pleaded guilty to allowing companies to operate worksites without officers present; submitting phony vouchers to get paid for work they never performed; and accepting cash from cops in exchange for their participation in the scheme. Read more at NJ.com.