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Ex-officer sentenced to 23 months in corrupt payments case

October 23, 2018

JERSEY CITY, N.J. (AP) — A former New Jersey police officer who acknowledged accepting money for off-duty security work that he didn’t perform has been sentenced to 23 months in prison.

NJ.com reports that 42-year-old Juan Berrios expressed remorse in federal court Tuesday and apologized to his family and the people of Jersey City.

Defense attorney Daniel Welsh said he doesn’t understand his client’s actions, saying “he doesn’t gamble, he doesn’t do drugs, he’s not a philanderer.” The judge said he would recommend a minimum-security camp rather than a traditional prison.

Berrios pleaded guilty earlier this year to conspiracy to commit fraud and accept corrupt payments. He is the 11th former officer to be sentenced following a federal investigation of the Jersey City police department — and the fourth to receive a prison term.

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Information from: NJ.com, http://www.nj.com

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