Former JC police chief admits theft from housing authority

Former Chief Zacche
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Former Chief Zacche

JERSEY CITY – Phil Zacche, who retired as Jersey City police chief last April, confessed on Friday to collecting thousands of dollars inappropriately from the Jersey City Housing Authority.
The 38-year veteran of the Jersey City Police Department admitted to accepting money to work off duty as security for the housing authority, shifts he said in Federal Court that he did not actually work.
“We have been aware of this for quite some time, and we were the ones that provided the allegations to the prosecutor’s office in the first place when this was brought to our attention in 2015,” said City Spokes Kim Scalcione, in a statement issued by Mayor Steven Fulop. “We have zero tolerance for corruption or misconduct and today’s actions speak to this. We will continue to work with the federal authorities to root out corruption.”
Zacche became chief in 2014 after the city demoted the previous chief in a power struggle over reorganization of the police department.
Zacche faces a potential 10 years in jail, and a possible fine of $250,000. He also agreed as part of a plea deal to pay back $24,700.