Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez ordered an immediate internal affairs investigation into money that was recently discovered missing at the Prosecutor’s Office.
“Various denominations of cash recovered from several separate cases have gone missing,” states the press release from the HCPO. “All of the missing cash was recovered from scenes and was being temporarily held for safekeeping.”
According to the HCPO, the money was kept in temporary storage in locked safes at the prosecutor’s office with limited access by investigative staff.
The Prosecutor’s Office Public Integrity Unit, Internal Affairs Section, will be conducting an investigation into the missing cash, and the New Jersey Attorney General has been notified.
Suarez has ordered a full audit of other cases and a review of the procedures for the safekeeping of cash and property in addition to the investigation.
“This is a sheer betrayal and disgrace of the sacred oaths taken by those who wear a badge and were involved in these appalling acts,” said Suarez. “What compounds this even more is the fact that members of the Prosecutor’s Office are held to an even higher standard when it comes to integrity and trust. Every angle will be examined and we are confident that we will find who was responsible for this and hold them accountable under the law.”
According to the HCPO, the investigation is in its very early stages, and it has not been determined yet if this incident was limited to one or more of the investigative staff. In order to allow the internal affairs investigation to take its course, no further information will be released at this time.