Ex-Cape May Cop Sentenced for Embezzling $105K from PBA
TRENTON - Embezzling $105,000 from the PBA local he headed will keep a retired Cape May police officer at home for six months, with a onitoring anklet.
John Campbell, 49, of Cape May, was sentenced today for his guilty plea to a third-degree theft charge, according to the office of New Jersey Attorney General Christopher S. Porrino.
Under his plea deal, Campbell is also required to repay the union in full, pay an additional $5,000 fine, and perform 300 hours of community service.
The investigation of Campbell led, on October 12, to a theft charge against former Cape May PD Officer Kyle Grossman, 39, of Lower Township, the local's former treasurer. Grossman was accused of using about $5,000 in unon funds for personal expenses.
He waived indictment, agreed to repay the full amount, forfeited his job, and entered pre-trial intervention, authories said. . If he completes it, Grossman will have the charge dismissed. He's permanently barred from public employment.
Campbell served as the President and state delegate of New Jersey Policemen's Benevolent Association Local 59 in Cape May. He was arrested July 13, and entered his guilty plea August 10, admitting that he systematically dipped into the local's funds through its checking account, credit cards and debit cards, between 2012 and 2016, for personal use.
Investigators, reviewing records of activity on the local's American Express business card, found charges in excess of $7-0,000, including more than $30,000 for time shares in Florida, the Caribbean, and Mexico; more than $16,000 for utilities including gas, electricity, telephone and television service; more than $5,000 for clothes and jewelry; at least $7,500 for electronics, furniture and cabinets; a $500 designer Christmas tree; and about $5,000 in purchases at convenience stores and gas stations.
Campbell was represented by Wildwood Crest attorney Joseph J. Rodgers.