MILLTOWN — A lieutenant with the Milltown Police Department was indicted today on charges of filing overtime vouchers and collecting money for work he never performed, Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced.
A grand jury, sitting in Middlesex County, charged Douglas R. Cole, 47, with theft by deception, official misconduct, engaging in a pattern of official misconduct and tampering with public records or information.
The indictment, handed up in New Brunswick, charged that between December 5, 2011 and July 19, 2012, Cole, while working for the borough, filed vouchers seeking payment for work he never performed on 17 occasions and received a total of $4,920.30.
It also was charged that Cole’s conduct established a pattern of official misconduct in which he collected more than $200 on 16 of the 17 occasions he claimed he had been working.
Cole initially surrendered to police on October 11, 2012 and 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 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, Cole is presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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