- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

EDISON TOWNSHIP, N.J. (AP) - A recently retired police captain accused of illegally using sick time while working another job has been indicted on two counts of official misconduct.

Middlesex County prosecutors say Natale Fresco also faces charges of theft and theft by deception in the indictment handed up Friday by a county grand jury.

Prosecutors say the 60-year-old Edison resident worked as security director at the Menlo Park Mall for nearly three months earlier this year. They say he collected about $38,000 in sick pay from the town during that time.

Authorities have said Fresco did the mall work without the town’s permission. But his lawyer, Darren Gelber, has said the town was aware of Fresco’s plans.

Fresco was a police officer for 36 years before he retired from the Edison force in October.

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