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Prosecutors: Officer charged in drug rehab center scheme

November 8, 2017

WEST DEPTFORD, N.J. (AP) — Authorities say a suspended New Jersey police officer schemed to get an offender into a drug rehabilitation program in which the officer had a financial interest.

Gloucester County prosecutors say Thomas McWain, who has served on the West Deptford force since 2013, turned himself in Tuesday. He’s charged with official misconduct, tampering with evidence and computer crime.

Prosecutors say McWain filed a “false narrative” regarding an arrest and evidence seizure this year and sought to refer the offender to a drug rehab center. He then allegedly accessed computerized criminal records without authorization.

Authorities say that when McWain learned of the investigation, he deleted text messages asking an individual to bring drugs to the scene of a motor vehicle stop.

It wasn’t known Wednesday if McWain has retained an attorney.

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