New Brunswick Police Sgt. Charged With Theft

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NEW BRUNSWICK – A city police sergeant was charged today with performing extra-duty security jobs with private companies during hours he was supposed to be working for the city as a police officer, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and New Brunswick Police Director Peter Mangarella announced.

Sgt. Victor DeFilippo, 42, was charged with one count of third degree theft by deception for accepting extra work between Jan. 5, 2009 and July 16, 2010.

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DeFilippo, who began working as a city police officer in 1990, resigned on Dec. 17, 2010 after the New Brunswick Police Department learned he was working extra jobs while on duty, authorities said. The city department initiated an investigation and notified the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, which assisted.

New Brunswick police determined that DeFilippo had worked on various occasions for a number of companies, including Public Service Electric & Gas Co., Verizon and Johnson & Johnson, and performed such duties as security and traffic control on streets where road work and utility repairs were being done.

DeFilippo appeared this morning before Superior Court Judge Frederick P. DeVesa at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick. A not-guilty plea was entered on DeFilippo’s behalf during the brief court appearance.

During the hearing, Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Brian D. Gillet told the court that DeFilippo was expected to apply for admission to Pre-Trial Intervention, a probationary program known as PTI.

DeFilippo has been released on his own recognizance. His next court hearing was set for April 8.


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