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††††††††††††††††††††††† †††† *News Release*†††††††††††††††† Date: March 24, 2014

 

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Police officer placed on probation; ordered to repay town for theft

 

Middlesex County Acting Prosecutor Andrew C. Carey announced that an ex-lieutenant with the Milltown Police Department today was placed on probation for three years and was ordered to repay the borough for filing false overtime vouchers and collecting money for work he knew he never performed.

 

Douglas R. Cole, 47, signed a court order agreeing to make restitution to Milltown in the amount of $4,920.30. He also resigned from the police department and was banned from ever again holding a public job.

 

The sentence was imposed by Superior Court Judge Bradley J. Ferencz during a hearing at the Middlesex County Courthouse in New Brunswick.

 

Cole was sentenced after he pleaded guilty on January 6, 2014 to a count of theft by deception, saying he filed the false vouchers and collected the overtime on a number of occasions between December 5, 2011 and July 19, 2012.

 

He pleaded guilty under an agreement reached with Middlesex County Assistant Prosecutor Thomas K. Mannion.

 

Cole, a member of the police department for 24 years, had been 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.