Federal prosecutors say a former Newark police officer has admitted conspiring with another person to fraudulently obtain more than $60,000 in payments from a federal public housing assistance program.

Suliaman Kamara (NJ Attorney General's Office)

Suliaman Kamara of Newark pleaded guilty on Wednesday. He now faces up to five years in prison when he's sentenced Aug. 12.

Prosecutors say that between September 2006 and December 2011, the 31-year-old Kamara lived with another person who was receiving federal housing benefits.

Program rules require recipients to report the names of everyone who lives in their home and the household's overall income. Kamara and the other person agreed they would not tell officials that they were living together, so Kamara's income would not be taken into account in determining whether the other person qualified for benefits.

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