Marcella Friedman, a civilian employee for the N.J. State Police, is being indicted on charges of second-degree of official misconduct for posing as an inspector after Hurricane Sandy to take a generator from two men selling them in Burlington County.
Friedman was on disability leave at the time. Authorities say she was wearing a police field jacket when she approached the men and claimed she had authority to inspect and regulate vendors. She then threatened to fine them, but said she would let them continue if they gave her a generator for free.
“It’s absolutely reprehensible that a State Police employee would abuse her position in that way, especially at a time when so many people were suffering and so many troopers and civilian employees of the force were giving their all to help after Superstorm Sandy,” Acting Attorney General Hoffman said in a statement.
Friedman is facing between 5 and 10 years if she is convicted.