NEWARK — A medical technician has been charged with stealing cash from a dead man's pants.

Darryl Green, 48, a technician at the Northern Regional Medical Examiner's Office in Newark, opened a body bag and removed $1,120 from a 28-year-old man who had been killed in a car crash in Newark on Sunday, state prosecutors said. He was charged with third-degree unlawful taking and has been fired.

Officials say Green was caught dead to rights because the money had been catalogued and photographed in the victim's pocket on Sunday before his body was put in the bag. It was missing when the body was removed from the bag on Monday.

The Piscataway man faces a potential jail sentence of 3-5 years and a $15,000 fine.

Green earns a base salary of $51,648, state pension records show.

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