- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 11, 2014

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - A New Jersey State Police troop commander has pleaded guilty to theft, admitting he fleeced a charitable fund that assists state troopers and their families.

Prosecutors say Maj. Michael Mattia of Cedar Grove admitted stealing $55,000 from the fund when he commanded Troop B in Totowa before he retired last year. He has failed to return $30,000.

Under terms of a plea agreement, prosecutors will recommend the 47-year-old receive probation after he serves 364 days in jail. He’ll be barred from public employment and must pay $30,000 in restitution to the fund and $19,000 to a trooper from whom he obtained a loan under false pretenses.

Acting Attorney General John Hoffman says in a statement that Mattia betrayed his badge and those who served under him.