- Associated Press - Friday, February 6, 2015

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. (AP) - Authorities have charged the suspended police chief of a northern New Jersey town with misconduct after they say he used department mechanics to repair his personal vehicles.

Middlesex County Prosecutor Andrew Carey announced the charges Friday against 53-year-old Benjamin Ruiz, the suspended chief of the Perth Amboy police department.

His attorney tells NJ.com that the charges are “frivolous” and politically motivated.

Ruiz was charged with two counts of second-degree official misconduct, and one count of third-degree theft of services and witness tampering. He was originally charged with one count of theft in December.

Prosecutors say he ordered city mechanics to perform work on his personal motorcycle, his 1964 Mustang and a vehicle owned by a personal acquaintance.

They say he also tried to convince a witness to provide false information to police.

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