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Ex-New Jersey police union leader admits embezzling more than $100,000

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CAPE MAY, N.J. — A retired police officer who once served as president and New Jersey delegate for a police union has admitted embezzling more than $100,000 from the union to buy timeshares in Florida, Mexico and the Caribbean and make other personal purchases.

State authorities say John Campbell recently pleaded guilty to theft.

The 48-year-old Cape May man now faces a 364-day county jail term when he’s sentenced Nov. 17. He also must pay $105,000 in restitution.

The former Cape May officer was president and state delegate of PBA Local 59 in Cape May. Authorities say he made numerous unauthorized purchases and withdrawals between 2012 and his 2016 retirement.

The theft was discovered when an audit occurred after a union leadership change.

Besides the time shares, authorities say Campbell used the stolen money to pay utility bills and buy clothing, electronics and other items.