Former NJ police captain admits he illegally collected sick time
EDISON — A recently retired police captain has admitted that he illegally used sick time while working as a security guard at a mall.
Middlesex County prosecutors say Natale Fresco pleaded guilty Tuesday to unlawful taking. He faces up to six months in jail and a probation term when he's sentenced Oct. 11.
Fresco was a police officer for 36 years before he retired from the Edison force in October 2015.
Prosecutors say the 61-year-old Edison resident was still on the force when he worked at the Menlo Park Mall for nearly three months in 2015. He collected about $38,000 in sick pay from the town during that time.
Fresco will repay that money as part of his plea agreement and also will be banned from public employment.