Authorities say a technician at the Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office stole from the dead — lifting $1,120 from the body of a 28-year-old man who was killed in a car crash.

 

Darryl L. Green, 48, of Piscataway, a forensic morgue technician, was charged this week with third-degree theft by unlawful taking and fired from his state position, according to  an announcement from U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman.

Fishman said he stole the money from a man who'd died in a single-car crash early Sunday morning in Newark.

Members of law enforcement and personnel from the Medical Examiner’s Office observed and documented that there was cash in the victim’s pocket at the scene of the accident, where he was pronounced dead and placed in a body bag, the U.S. attorney said.

But the the cash was missing when the man’s body was removed from the body bag the following day for an autopsy, it said.

Third-degree crimes carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000.

 

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