Ex-Hudson County sheriff’s officers sentenced for part in bounty scheme

By Patrick Villanova May 09, 2015

Superior Court Judge Stuart A. Minkowitz sentenced William Chadwick, 59, of Keansburg, to five years in state prison, and ordered Alberto Vasquez, 46, of Apex, N.C., to serve 90 days in the county jail as a condition of four years of probation, Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman announced.

Chadwick, a former sheriff’s officer, pleaded guilty on July 14, 2009 to second-degree official misconduct. He must forfeit $5,500 in illegal cash gifts that he admitted receiving from the bounty hunter, Adel Mikhaeil.

Vasquez, a former detective with the Hudson County Sheriff’s Office, pleaded guilty on Jan. 12, 2010, to third-degree pattern of official misconduct. He must forfeit $3,500 in illegal cash gifts that he admitted receiving from the bounty hunter, formerly of Jersey City.

“These former sheriff’s officers put their honesty and honor up for sale, betraying the oath they took to uphold the law so that they could enrich themselves and this bounty hunter,” Hoffman said in a statement. “Sheriff’s officers deal with criminals every day in our justice system in various capacities, so it is highly alarming if they cross the line and commit crimes themselves.”

Mikhaeil was sentenced in March to six years in prison. The sentencing of the sheriff’s officers comes long after they pleaded guilty because they were required under their plea agreements to cooperate in the case against Mikhaeil and therefore receive their punishments afterward.

In pleading guilty, both Chadwick and Vasquez admitted that they signed documents known as body receipts that falsely indicated that Mikhaeil caught certain fugitives, when the fugitives had actually been arrested by law enforcement officers. Both men are permanently barred from public employment in New Jersey as a result of their guilty pleas.

Patrick Villanova, May 09, 2015, “Ex-Hudson County sheriff’s officers sentenced for part in bounty scheme”, NJ.com, http://www.nj.com/jjournal-news/index.ssf/2015/05/ex-hudson_county_sheriffs_offi.html

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