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Release* † ††††††Date: September 3, 2010
†††††††††††††††††† †††† Middlesex
County Prosecutorís Office
††††††††††††††††††††††† ††††††† *News Release* † ††††††Date: September 3, 2010
Police officer charged with voter fraud; theft
County Prosecutor Bruce J. Kaplan and New Brunswick Police Director Peter
Mangarella announced that a city police officer was charged today with stealing
more than $500 in health insurance benefits and, in a separate case, illegally voting
Lt. Robert F. Tierney (DOB 4/23/71) of East Brunswick surrendered today at New Brunswick Police Headquarters, where he was issued a summons charging him with theft by deception and violating the stateís criminal election statute.
was charged after an investigation by the New Brunswick Police Department and
the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office determined that he had voted in four
general elections in
The investigation also determined that although he had been divorced in December 2008, he failed to notify the city and Aetna Insurance Co. and continued to list his former spouse as a beneficiary to his health insurance plan between December 4, 2008, and June 15, 2010.
During that time, Tierney filed an undisclosed number of insurance claims on behalf of his wife, costing the city and the insurance company more than $500.
Tierney, who began working for the city police department on January 10, 1994, was suspended with pay. His salary this year is $115,972.