NEW BRUNSWICK — A city police officer was charged today with stealing more than $500 in health insurance benefits and, in a separate case, illegally voting in New Brunswick while living in other communities, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and New Brunswick Police Director Peter Mangarella announced.
Lt. Robert F. Tierney, 39, of East Brunswick surrendered today at New Brunswick Police Headquarters, where he was issued a summons charging him with theft by deception and violating the state’s criminal election statute.
Tierney was charged after an investigation by the New Brunswick Police Department and the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office determined that he had voted in four general elections in New Brunswick between November 8, 2005 and November 3, 2009, while he was living in Milltown and later, East Brunswick, authorities said.
The investigation also determined that although Tierney had been divorced in December 2008, he allegedly failed to notify the city and Aetna Insurance Co. and continued to list his former spouse as a beneficiary to his health insurance plan between December 4, 2008, and June 15, 2010.
During that time, Tierney allegedly filed an undisclosed number of insurance claims on behalf of his wife, costing the city and the insurance company more than $500.
Tierney, who began working for the city police department on January 10, 1994, was suspended without pay from duty pending the outcome of the charges. His salary this year was $115,972.
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