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Hackensack Police Chief Convicted of Fraud, Misconduct

A Bergen County jury has convicted Hackensack Police Chief Ken Zisa of fraud and misconduct.

Ken Zisa (Bergen County Sheriff's Office)

But the panel acquitted Zisa of conspiracy and witness tampering charges stemming from an incident involving his former girlfriend.

The verdicts were handed down Wednesday afternoon, after three days of deliberations.

Zisa was suspended without pay in 2010 after being charged with official misconduct and insurance fraud. Prosecutors say he removed his girlfriend from the scene of a 2008 accident in which she was suspected of being intoxicated, then filed false information in an insurance claim.

He also was accused of covering up an investigation stemming from a 2004 assault and robbery in which his girlfriend’s sons were suspects.

Zisa’s attorney claimed the case was brought as a political favor to Zisa’s enemies.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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