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New Jersey sheriff admits corruption;
pleads guilty; leaves office immediately
[Hackensack, NJ]


January 12, 2001
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New Jersey sheriff admits corruption;
pleads guilty; leaves office immediately
[Hackensack, NJ]

PoliceOne Staff Report
(HACKENSACK, N.J.) -- The sheriff of Bergen County, about whom controversy and allegations have swirled for months, pleaded guilty yesterday to corruption charges, which included forcing members of his department to sell fund-raising tickets in return for promotions, transfers and jobs.

Former Sheriff Joseph L. Ciccone, who rose from a small-town police sergeant to being elected to head the state's second largest county sheriff's department, entered the guilty plea in a Morris County courtroom and was forced to resign immediately from office.

By pleading guilty, Ciccone avoided a prison sentence and is expected to be given probation at a March 30 sentencing hearing. However, as part of the deal, Ciccone had to read a two-and-a-half page statement to the court detailing his crimes and has also agreed to cooperate in a continuing investigation of the department.

Prosecutors portrayed Ciccone as a corrupt sheriff who shook down businessmen, ran jobs-for-campaign-cash schemes, falsified campaign reports and even sold phony police badges to civilians in return for thousands of dollars to add to his campaign war chest, the Bergen Record reported.

Full story: New Jersey sheriff admits corruption;
pleads guilty; leaves office immediately
[Hackensack, NJ]





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