UNION, NJ – After a two-month investigation, a Union Police Department sergeant admitted to accepting thousands of dollars in overtime pay he did not earn, according to acting Union County Prosecutor Michael A. Monahan.

Michael Wittevrongel, 47, will forfeit his job and will also serve a term of probation and will pay restitution in the amount of $6,400 following a plea to a charge of third-degree theft before state Superior Court Judge Joseph P. Donohue.

"We hold our men and women to a higher standard and will not tolerate any violation of the public trust," said Union Police Director Daniel Zieser. "This case was the result of internal checks and balances that have been put in place."

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The investigation was conducted by the Prosecutor’s Office’s Special Prosecutions Unit, initiated by a referral from the Union Police Department’s Internal Affairs.

The investigation revealed that Wittevrongel collected overtime payments multiple times in October 2017 for shifts he did not work. Sentencing in the case has been scheduled for Friday, March 23, 2018 before Judge Donohue