NJ State Employee Charged With Posing An Inspector - MyFoxAustin.com | KTBC Fox 7 | News, Weather, Sports

NJ State Employee Charged With Posing As Inspector Following Hurricane Sandy

Posted: Updated:
Marcella Friedman. (Photo courtesy of the N.J. Attorney General's Office) Marcella Friedman. (Photo courtesy of the N.J. Attorney General's Office)

New Jersey's Attorney General announced Tuesday that a civilian employee of the New Jersey State Police was charged with posing as an inspector to coerce two men into giving her a generator following Hurricane Sandy.

Marcella Friedman, 49, of Oaklyn, N.J. was employed as a state police communications systems technician.  Investigators say on October 31, Friedman confronted two men who were selling generators on the side of a road in Burlington County.

Friendman was allegedly wearing a field jacket with a state police logo and carrying a police radio.  She allegedly falsely represented herself by saying she had the authority to shut down their operation if they failed to present a proper permit.  She told the men she would allow them to continue to sell their generators as long as she could have one, free of charge, investigators said.

The men gave her a 8,500-watt generator, which she allegedly gave to a relative.  Investigators say that relative then sold the generator to an unknown third party. 

Friedman was on disability leave at the time of the incident. She remains on leave.

"Our troopers and civilian employees sacrificed so much in their response to Hurricane Sandy, many working days without ever returning home," said Colonel Rick Fuentes, Superintendent of the New Jersey State Police.

To see anyone abusing the State Police name for personal gain in the wake of this disaster is contemptible."

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Suspect Arrested In Upper Merion Burglary, Home Invasion

    Suspect Arrested In Upper Merion Burglary, Home Invasion

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 1:05 AM EDT2014-07-23 05:05:55 GMT
    SkyFOX was over the scene in Upper Merion just after 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning where police say what started as a burglary turned into a home invasion.
    SkyFOX was over the scene in Upper Merion just after 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning where police say what started as a burglary turned into a home invasion.
  • 'Tuesday's Children' Remembers Family Members Lost To Terrorism

    'Tuesday's Children' Remembers Family Members Lost To Terrorism

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 12:35 AM EDT2014-07-23 04:35:22 GMT
    These children all share a common bond. They've all lost someone they love - because of terrorism.
    These children all share a common bond. They've all lost someone they love - because of terrorism.
  • Shoppers Get Sneak Peak Of New Target Store In King Of Prussia

    Shoppers Get Sneak Peak Of New Target Store In King Of Prussia

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 10:58 PM EDT2014-07-23 02:58:18 GMT
    Shoppers got a sneak peak of the mega Target store located by the King of Prussia mall on Tuesday.
    Shoppers got a sneak peak of the mega Target store located by the King of Prussia mall on Tuesday.
Powered by WorldNow

KTBC FOX 7
119 East 10th Street
Austin, TX 78701

Phone: (512) 476-7777
Fax: (512) 495-7001

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices