- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

MAYS LANDING, N.J. (AP) - A southern New Jersey sheriff’s officer has been accused of stealing more than $1,500 from the police union he leads.

The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office says 43-year-old John Brigandi has been charged with official misconduct, theft and related offenses.

Prosecutors say the Atlantic County Sheriff’s officer and 39-year-old Amber Jacobs conspired to gain unauthorized access to the police union’s bank account. Authorities say the pair used a bank card to steal more than $1,500.

Brigandi is the union president. The Hammonton man is free on $25,000 bail after his June 11 arrest.

Jacobs is charged with theft, conspiracy to commit theft and conspiracy to commit official misconduct. The North Hanover Township woman was released after processing.

It’s unclear if either have attorneys who could comment on the charges.

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