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N.J. Police Chief on Trial for Official Misconduct, Insurance Fraud

March 27, 2012

A trial got underway on Monday for Hackensack, N.J., Police Chief Ken Zisa.

Zisa was suspended without pay in 2010 after he was charged with official misconduct and insurance fraud.

The chief is accused of removing his girlfriend from the scene of an accident in 2008 in which she was suspected of being intoxicated. Authorities allege Zisa then filed false information in an insurance claim.

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

The chief’s attorney tells The Record newspaper the case is based on testimony from police officers who stand to gain financially from his conviction.

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