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††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* †† ††††††Date: August 26, 2009




Piscataway police sergeant charged with forgery, theft



††††††††† Middlesex County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and Piscataway Police Chief Kevin B. Harris today announced the arrest of a township police sergeant, who was charged with forgery and stealing $2,650 after submitting false vouchers to collect overtime that he never worked.


††††††††† Wayne Vakulchik, (DOB 6/23/65) a Piscataway resident, was charged Tuesday, August 25, 2009, with committing forgery, theft by deception and attempted theft by deception between January 22, 2008, and August 4, 2009.


††††††††† Bail was set at $5,000 for Vakulchik, who was allowed to post 10 percent of the amount.


An investigation determined Vakulchik submitted a voucher on August 4, 2009, seeking overtime for a municipal court appearance when he actually was working off-duty security at a church-sponsored function in the township.


The overtime request was denied when officials realized Vakulchik had forged his supervisorís signature on the voucher.


A subsequent review of overtime vouchers submitted by Vakulchik determined he submitted five overtime vouchers in 2009 and collected $1,250 in overtime, and, in 2008, submitted nine fraudulent vouchers and collected $1,400.


In each instance, Vakulchik requested a minimum three hours of overtime for municipal court appearances that he did not attend.


Vakulchik, who began his career with the Piscataway Police Department on March 8, 1985, has been suspended without pay from his $115,700-a-year job pending the outcome of the charges.


As is the case with all criminal defendants, the charges against Vakulchik are merely accusations and he is presumed innocent until proven guilty.