Middlesex Sheriff Suspends 5 Following Spicuzzo Investigation

MIDDLESEX COUNTY – Sheriff Mildred Scott has suspended four Middlesex County Sheriff’s Investigators and one Sheriff’s Officer without pay, pending termination, as the result of an Internal Affairs investigation, she announced Friday.

“This Internal Affairs investigation rose out of facts discovered during the State Attorney General’s Office investigation in State v. Spicuzzo,” Scott said in a statement.  Joseph Spicuzzo, the former Middlesex County Sheriff, was sentenced to nine years in prison last September for a jobs-for-cash scheme in which he accepted bribes for in exchange for jobs or promotions.

“My Office’s investigation will continue until a thorough review of all materials has been completed and until all Sheriff’s Officers and Sheriff’s Investigators involved in any inappropriate activity have been identified and disciplined,” Scott said.

Investigators Richard Mucia, Christopher Jarema, Thomas Varga and Giancarlo Russo and Officer Bruce Kentos were suspended this month on departmental charges including bribery.

Investigators Daniel Link and Eric Strachan were suspended without pay, pending termination, last June on departmental charges of “conduct unbecoming a public employee and other sufficient cause.”

“Let these disciplinary actions and our resolve to weed out anyone associated with any illegal or inappropriate activity serve as notice that misconduct of any kind will not be tolerated in the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office,” Scott said. “The residents of Middlesex County have the expectation, as they should, that sworn officers of the law will abide by the very laws they enforce. Any conduct failing to meet that standard is wholly unacceptable.”

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