SADDLE BROOK, NJ (AP) — A northern New Jersey police chief is facing criminal charges for allegedly using officers to perform escorts for his private funeral home business, according to a criminal complaint released Monday.
The Attorney General’s Office said Saddle Brook Police Chief Robert Kugler has been charged with conspiracy, official misconduct and corruption of public resources.
A criminal complaint alleges that from January 2019 to last August, Kugler, 59, ordered officers to perform escorts using police vehicles during their regular hours, in violation of township ordinances, and did not not reimburse the costs to the city. They would also have provided escorts to cemeteries outside Saddle Brook.
The Bergen County District Attorney’s Office has taken over the day-to-day operations of the Saddle Brook Police Department, according to the Attorney General’s Office.
The conspiracy and official misconduct charges both carry sentences of five to 10 years after conviction, with a mandatory minimum sentence of five years without the possibility of parole on the misconduct count.
A voicemail message was left at Kugler’s office on Monday. It was unclear whether he had retained an attorney who could comment on the charges.
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