MILLTOWN — A lieutenant with the Milltown Police Department has been charged with filing overtime vouchers and collecting money for work he never performed, Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Milltown Police Chief Raymond Geipel announced Thursday.
Douglas R. Cole, 46, surrendered to police Oct. 11 on a charge of theft by deception, a third degree offense accusing him of taking a total of $4,920.30 by filing 17 overtime vouchers on various dates between December 5, 2011, and July 19, 2012. He subsequently was released in his own recognizance.
Cole, a member of the police department for 24 years, was suspended from duty pending the outcome of the case.
An investigation began when the Milltown Police Department discovered and reported the alleged theft to the Middlesex County Prosecutor’s Office, which conducted the investigation in conjunction with the Milltown Police Department.
As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charge against Cole is merely an accusation and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.