NEWARK, NJ - A Jersey City police officer was charged with conspiring to defraud Jersey City by obtaining compensation for off-duty work that she did not perform, U.S. Attorney Craig Carpenito announced Thursday.

Gicella Sanchez, 36, Jersey City, faces one count of conspiracy to defraud a local government after she was allegedly compensated well over $5000 for work she didn’t perform between November 2014 and June 2016. According to court documents Sanchez conspired with another Jersey City police officer who was authorized to assign off-duty work and sign vouchers. That officer—with Sanchez’s knowledge and consent— submitted phony vouchers to Jersey City indicating that Sanchez had completed certain off-duty assignments that she never actually performed.

The now suspended police job program offered private contractors and businesses to use the services of off-duty Jersey City police officers for certain projects, including work within Jersey City that could obstruct the flow of traffic. The assignments were made by a Jersey City Police Department-designated coordinator for the District in which the assignment was to be carried out. Officers receiving these off-duty assignments were required to complete and provide to the coordinator a voucher that indicated, among other things, the hours worked on particular off-duty assignments.

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