State of New Jersey vs. Ascolese, Chesler, Maietti, O’neill indictment

The Grand Jury handed down a more than 100-count indictment against four Jersey City police officers Tuesday.

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(Credit:  News12 6-14-16)

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Three of those officers have been suspended without pay, according to officials.

Ray Worrall, a spokesman for the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Officer confirmed that those charges include conspiracy, falsifying records, official misconduct and pattern of official misconduct.

He says one or more of the officers has also been charged with theft by deception.

The indictment is as follows:

SUPERIOR COURT OF NEW JERSEY — HUDSON COUNTY CRIMINAL DIVISION

THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY  INDICTMENT NO. 1 0 6 0 8 3 8
vs.
JOSEPH ASCOLESE, KELLY CHESLER, MICHAEL A. MAIETTI, MICHAEL O’NEILL               

THE GRAND JURORS OF THE STATE OF NEW JERSEY FOR THE COUNTY OF HUDSON UPON THEIR OATHS, PRESENT THAT JOSEPH ASCOLESE, KELLY CHESLER, MICHAEL A. MAIETTI and MICHAEL O’NEILL on diverse dates from April, 2014, to July, 2014, in the City of Jersey City, County of Hudson, aforesaid, and within the jurisdiction of this Court, did conspire with each other to commit the crime of Theft by Deception, 3rd Degree, in violation of N.J.S. 20:20-4, contrary to the provisions of N.J.S. 20:5-2, against the peace of this State, the Government and dignity of the same, with the purpose of facilitating its commission and in pursuance of this conspiracy, the following Overt Acts were done; the falsification and/or utterance of false Jersey City Police Office of Off-duty Employment Officer pay vouchers on diverse dates by each named defendant as set forth specifically in this indictment and incorporated by reference herein.

SECOND COUNT
And further PRESENT, That on the date, place and in the jurisdiction set forth in the First Count herein, the said JOSEPH ASCOLESE and MICHAEL A. MAIETTI, purposely did unlawfully obtain property of the City of Jersey City and/or the New Jersey Department of Transportation, having an aggregate value in excess of $500.00, by creating or reinforcing the false impression that MICHAEL A. MAIETTI did work the New Jersey Department of Transportation off-duty detail in conformance with the Memorandum of Understanding for the Pulaski Skyway Project on the dates set forth in Schedule A, attached to and incorporated here in this count for which MICHAEL A. MAIETTI was paid, contrary to the provisions of N.J.S. 2C:20-4, against the peace of this State, the Government and dignity of the same.

THIRD COUNT
And further PRESENT, That on May 20, 2014, and May 28, 2014, in the place and in the jurisdiction set forth in the First Count herein, the said KELLY CHESLER and MICHAEL A. MAIETTI, purposely did unlawfully obtain the property of the City of Jersey City and/or the New Jersey Department of Transportation, having a value in excess of $200.00, by creating or reinforcing the false impression that MICHAEL A. MAIETTI did work the New Jersey Department of Transportation off- duty detail in conformance with the Memorandum of Understanding for the Pulaski Skyway Project on May 20, 2014, and/or May 28, 2014, for which MICHAEL A. MAIETTI was paid, contrary to the provisions of N.J.S. 2C:20-4, against the peace of this State, the Government and dignity of the same.

FOURTH COUNT
And further PRESENT, That on June 3, 2014, and June 6, 2014, in the place and in the jurisdiction set forth in the First Count herein, the said JOSEPH ASCOLESE and MICHAEL O’NEILL, purposely did obtain the property of the City of Jersey City and/or the New Jersey Department of Transportation, having a value in excess of $200.00, by creating or reinforcing the false impression that. MICHAEL O’NEILL did work the New Jersey Department of Transportation off-duty detail in conformance with the Memorandum of Understanding for the Pulaski Skyway Project on June 3, 2014, and June 6, 2014, for which MICHAEL O’NEILL was paid, contrary to the provisions of N.J.S. 2C:20-4, against the peace of this State, the Government and dignity of the same.

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And it continues on for 103 more counts.

News 12’s Walt Kane first exposed the illegal activities of Capt. Joseph Ascolese, Lt. Kelly Chesler, Police Officer Michael Maietti and Police Officer Michael O’Neil.

In 2014, Kane In Your Corner investigated Ascolese, Chesler and Maietti for alleged policy violations and excessive overtime at the Jersey City Motorcycle Squad and Emergency Services Unit.

In violation of Jersey City policy, all three were assigned take-home vehicles for personal use, in addition to raking up large amounts of overtime.

There was no documentation, however, supporting Ascolese’s $24,000 overtime for Super Bowl XLVIII.  His time sheets and overtime request forms reflected only four hours of overtime.

Jersey City officials couldn’t explain the discrepancy.

Public Safety Director James Shea and Chief Philip Zacche faced Chesler’s 2015 federal sexual harassment lawsuit, according to a Real Jersey City report.

In a statement, Mayor Steve Fulop says that the city initiated the investigation with “an aggressive approach to root out corruption that has plagued Jersey City for decades.

“We are thankful for the partnership with the HCPO and we will continue to change the culture by rooting out employees who take advantage of the public trust.”

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