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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: January 6, 2014

 

 

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Police officer pleads guilty to overtime theft

 

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that a lieutenant with the Milltown Police Department pleaded guilty today to charges of filing false overtime vouchers and collecting money for work he knew he never performed.

 

Douglas R. Cole (DOB 5/28/66) admitted a count of theft by deception, saying he filed the false vouchers on a number of occasions between December 5, 2011 and July 19, 2012 and collected more than $500.

 

Under the terms of a plea agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas K. Mannion, the defendant will serve a probationary term of up to five years when he is sentenced on March 10, 2014 in New Brunswick by Superior Court Judge Bradley J. Ferencz.

 

As part of the agreement, Cole must resign from the police department, will be forever banned from holding a public job and must repay the borough. The total amount of restitution has yet to be determined.

 

Cole, a member of the police department for 24 years, was suspended from duty on October 11, 2012, after he was charged.

 

An investigation began when the Milltown Police Department discovered and reported the theft to the Middlesex County Prosecutorís Office, which conducted the investigation in conjunction with the Milltown Police Department.