Brady was the officer for the Human Services Police who submitted required certifications each year to the Attorney General’s Office on force members’ firearms qualifications. The second count of official misconduct charges that Brady submitted four annual certifications for the years 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 that falsely stated he had completed required activities at a firing range to re-qualify in use of his service firearm, when he had not completed the requirements.
In connection with the third count of official misconduct, it is alleged that Brady directed a subordinate employee of the Human Services police to conduct background checks on members of a minor league baseball team using a restricted police database. It is further alleged that he directed subordinate officers to use the police database to run background checks on a home health care worker he was considering hiring and a vehicle he wanted to buy. The police database is to be used for criminal justice purposes and not for personal purposes.
Brady is charged with third-degree theft by deception for allegedly falsifying the timesheets and using the state vehicle, EZ-Pass and gas card for personal purposes. The two counts of third-degree tampering with public records or information address his alleged falsification of the timesheets and the firearms certifications. The computer theft counts relate to his alleged unauthorized use of the police database for personal purposes.
The case was presented to the grand jury by Deputy Attorney General Mark J. Ondris and Deputy Attorney General Cynthia Vazquez. The investigation was conducted and coordinated by Det. Lee Bailey, Ondris, Vazquez, DAG Nicole Rizzolo, and Supervising DAG Christine Hoffman,chief of the Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau.
Second-degree crimes carry a sentence of five to 10 years in state prison and a criminal fine of up to $150,000. Each of the second-degree charges carry a mandatory minimum sentence of five years in prison without parole under New Jersey’s statutory sentencing enhancements for public corruption. The mandatory minimum sentence applies to certain listed offenses occurring on or after April 14, 2007 that involve or touch upon the defendant’s public office. Third-degree charges carry a sentence of three to five years in state prison and a fine of up to $15,000.
The indictment was handed up to state Superior Court Judge Linda R. Feinberg in Trenton, who assigned the case to Mercer County.
—TOM HESTER SR., NEWJERSEYNEWSROOM.COM