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N.J. State Police Worker Accused Of Posing As Inspector To Steal Generator

Generators in use after Sandy (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Generators in use after Sandy (credit: Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - New Jersey authorities say a civilian state police employee posed as an inspector to coerce two South Carolina men into giving her a generator they were selling in the days after Superstorm Sandy.

Attorney General Jeffrey Chiesa says Marcella Friedman faces a theft by deception charge.

The 49-year-old Oaklyn resident allegedly confronted the men as they sold generators at a roadside location in Burlington County. Friedman, who is communications systems technician, was wearing a field jacket with the state police logo and carrying a handheld police radio.

Friedman allegedly threatened to fine the men and confiscate their merchandise, but said they could continue selling generators if they gave her one for free, which they did.

Friedman gave the generator to a relative, who sold it to an unknowing third party.

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