George Gunderman is accused of stealing from his police cable TV box and looking to pay for the time that he did not.
(Sussex County Jail)
A New Jersey police officer in a small department is facing charges for the alleged theft of a cable-TV box of the police station and getting paid for the time that he did not.
Hamburg police lieutenant George Gunderman, 41, was taken into custody Monday while in uniform in front of the town from the town hall. He was appointed in the direction of the eight-member Sussex County police last year after the police chief position was eliminated.
The authorities started the investigation of Gunderman after reports that he sought compensation for the training he is not available. He is reportedly paid for 12 hours of training to follow on March 3, but the hosting agency told prosecutors the course is cancelled the week prior.
An officer said that the department this cable box had been missing since Feb. 3– Super Bowl Sunday. He said Gunderman told him that he took it to a volunteer fire department, where he was also a member, but that it had yet to be returned March 20, according to a criminal complaint, NJ.com reported.
The prosecutors have charged Gunderman with theft, tampering with public records, tampering with evidence and official misconduct, prosecutors said. It was not immediately as he will face disciplinary action from the city. Gunderman, the lawyer called the accusations against him “unfounded.”
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“We are preparing for the mounting of a defense to these baseless allegations,” Anthony J. Iacullo said Tuesday. “We are currently working on securing his immediate release from custody, so that he could return to his family and begin the process of defending against the allegations.”