Ex-NJSP commander pleads to $30,000 embezzlement from charity
A former troop commander for the New Jersey State Police today plead guilty in embezzling $30,000 from a charitable fund he oversaw for troopers and their families.
Retired Acting Major Michael Mattia, 47, pleaded guilty in Passaic County to a count of theft by unlawful taking.
Mattia, who retired last year, served as commander of Troop B in Totowa.
“Mattia betrayed his badge and those who served under him,” said Acting Attorney General John J. Hoffman. “This guilty plea demonstrates that nobody is above the law – in fact, we hold police officers to the highest standards.”
According to Hoffman, Mattia admitted that he “diverted” $55,000 from the barrack’s Health & Welfare Fund to his personal bank accounts. Mattia allegedly paid some of it back by taking out a personal loan from a colleague, “but failed to return $30,000.” Mattia also failed to pay back the loan.
When he retired, Mattia was confronted when his replacement discovered there was only $26 left in the Fund account.