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  Combating Public Corruption and Strengthening Public Confidence in Government and the Criminal Justice System in New Jersey  
     
  The Office of Public Integrity & Accountability, under the leadership of longtime federal prosecutor Thomas J. Eicher, handles all public integrity matters within the Attorney General’s Office and includes a team of experienced prosecutors and detectives from the Division of Criminal Justice and the New Jersey State Police. OPIA reports directly to the Attorney General to ensure the independence of sensitive investigations.
“We must root out the corruption and misconduct that undermine faith in our public institutions. Our country and our state face significant challenges, and we won’t be able to meet them if people do not trust that those in authority are working single-mindedly for the public good. We must create a culture of accountability where powerful individuals and institutions know that they must act with integrity or else face the consequences.” – Attorney General Gurbir S. Grewal.

OPIA investigates and prosecutes criminal abuses of the public trust and handles other sensitive matters that implicate the public’s confidence in both government and the criminal justice system, including:

  • Bribery and official misconduct by federal, state, or local officials;
  • Large scale theft or fraud involving state programs
  • Investigations of police use of deadly force and allegations of excessive force by law enforcement officers and agencies;
  • Internal affairs investigations of high level officials; and
  • Investigation of claims of wrongful conviction

OPIA has a statewide Corruption Tipline:1-844-OPIA-TIP (1-844-674-2847) and all information received through the tipline can remain confidential.

You may report corruption or government fraud online here

Download the Office of Public Integrity and Accountability brochure here

 
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OPIA News Headlines
   
arrow 9/22 - AGís Office Releases 911 Recording & Video Recordings From Police Body-Worn Cameras & Taser Camera in Fatal Police Shooting in Asbury Park on Aug. 21st
arrow 9/9 - Attorney General's Office Investigating Death of Man who was Taken into Police Custody in Vorhees, N.J.
arrow 9/4 - Wrightstown Mayor Charged With Lying to Investigators About Unauthorized Use of Wrightstown Municipal Utilities Authority to Dump Septic Waste from Private Firm
arrow 9/4 - Correctional Police Officer Charged With Falsifying Reports Concerning His Unauthorized Use of Pepper Spray Against an Inmate
arrow 9/3 - AGís Office Releases Video Recordings From Police Body-Worn Cameras in Investigation of Man Who Died in Police Custody in Trenton on April 3, 2020
arrow 9/2 - Attorney Generalís Office Releases Findings of Investigation of Police-Involved Shooting at UPS Facility in Logan Township, N.J. - William J. Owens was shot by police after firing a handgun at one of two women he took hostage at the facility on Jan. 14, 2019
arrow 8/25 - Correctional Police Officer Charged With Falsifying Records By Concealing His Membership In Outlaw Motorcycle Gang
arrow 8/24 - Updated With Identity of Decedent - Attorney General's Office Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Asbury Park, N.J.
arrow 8/22 - Attorney Generalís Office Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Asbury Park, N.J.
arrow 8/14 - Five New Defendants Charged in Alleged Straw Donor Scheme Uncovered in Corruption Probe by Office of Public Integrity and Accountability
arrow 8/13 - Former Mayor of Middlesex Borough Pleads Guilty to Charge that He Stole More than $75,000 from Local Campaigns - Plea Agreement Includes Recommendation from State for Seven-Year Prison Term and Permanent Bar from Public Office
arrow 8/12 - Ex-Operator of Wrightstown Municipal Utilities Authority Pleads Guilty to Crime Related to His Use of the Authority to Dump Septic Waste from His Private Firm
arrow 8/11 - Updated Information Including Identity of Decedent -
Attorney General's Office Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Ventnor, N.J.
arrow 8/7 - Updated Information on Circumstances of Shooting - Attorney General’s Office Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting In Ventnor, N.J
arrow 8/6 - Attorney Generalís Office Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Ventnor, N.J.
arrow 8/6 - AGís Office Investigating Death of Man Found With Gunshot Wound to Head When Officers Executed Search Warrant at Residence in Galloway, N.J.
arrow 7/15 - Updated Information Including Identity of Decedent - Attorney General's Office Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Morris Township, N.J.
arrow 7/14 - Attorney General's Office Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Morris Township, N.J.
arrow 7/10 - Criminal Charges Filed Against Essex County Detective For Allegedly Lying to Conceal That He Installed GPS Device On Suspectís Vehicle Without Warrant
arrow 7/8 - Attorney General’s Office Investigating Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Paterson
arrow 7/8 - AG Grewal Announces Working Group to Address Goals of Freedom of Press, Free Speech, and Safety During Protests - Mistaken Arrest of Reporter at Protest in Asbury Park Prompts Examination of How Law Enforcement, Journalists, and Public Can Better Preserve Civil Rights and Promote Safety
arrow 6/27 - Attorney General’s Office Investigating Death of Man Following Arrest Today in Totowa, N.J.
arrow 6/25 - Owner of School Bus Company Charged with Contract Fraud for Covering Up Use of Unqualified Drivers with Criminal Records to Transport Children
arrow AG Grewal Announces Voting Fraud Charges Against Paterson Councilman Michael Jackson, Councilman-Elect Alex Mendez, and Two Other Men
arrow 6/24 - Police Training Commission Votes Unanimously to Support Statewide Police Licensure, Training Overhaul
arrow 6/19 - AG Grewal Announces Criminal Charges Against Additional Defendant in Major Corruption Investigation
arrow 6/19 - AG’s Office Releases Audio and Video Recordings Related to Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Paterson, N.J., on May 23
arrow 6/9 - AG’s Office Releases Audio and Video Recordings Related to Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Wayne, N.J., on April 26
arrow 6/8 - AG’s Office Releases Audio and Video Recordings Related to Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting on Garden State Parkway on May 23
arrow 6/5 - New Jersey State Trooper Charged with Unlawfully Stopping and Following a Female Motorist in His Patrol Vehicle
arrow 5/24 - Updated with Identity of Decedent - Attorney General's Office Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting on Garden State Parkway in Bass River, N.J.
arrow 5/24 - Updated Information Including Identity of Decedent - Attorney General's Office Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Paterson
arrow 5/23 - Attorney General's Office Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting on Garden State Parkway in Bass River, N.J.
arrow 5/23 - Attorney General's Office Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Paterson
arrow 5/8 - AG Grewal and Colonel Callahan Announce Charges Against 10 Additional Members of Caravan That Confronted and Shot New Jersey State Trooper
arrow 5/5 - AG Grewal and Colonel Callahan Announce Attempted Murder Charge Against Defendant Identified as Alleged Third Shooter in Ambush of State Trooper
arrow 5/1 - AG Grewal and Colonel Callahan Announce Arrest of Second Alleged Shooter in Ambush of State Trooper in Pittsgrove, N.J.
arrow 4/28 - AG Grewal and Colonel Callahan Announce Arrests in Shooting of New Jersey State Trooper in Pittsgrove, N.J. - Salem County Prosecutor Lenahan Announces Criminal Charges in Related Home Invasion that Occurred Several Hours Beforehand
arrow 4/27 - Updated Information Including Identity of Decedent - Attorney General's Office and New Jersey State Police Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Wayne, N.J.
arrow 4/26 - Attorney General's Office and New Jersey State Police Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Wayne, N.J.
arrow 4/26 - Attorney General's Office and New Jersey State Police Investigating Non-Fatal Shooting of State Trooper in Pittsgrove, N.J.
arrow 4/24 - Updated Information Including Identity of Decedent and Revised Location of Shooting - Attorney General’s Office Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Paterson
arrow 4/23 - Attorney General's Office Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Paterson
arrow 4/3 - Attorney General's Office Investigating Death in Police Custody in Trenton
arrow 3/2 - Former Newark Code Enforcement Officer Sentenced to Prison for Taking Bribes from Man Seeking to Operate After-Hours Social Club
arrow 2/7 - Former Senior Correctional Police Officer at Northern State Prison Sentenced to Prison for Smuggling Fentanyl and Marijuana to Inmate
arrow 1/23 - Attorney General's Shooting Response Task Force Investigating Fatal Police-Involved Shooting in Bloomingdale, N.J. Updated With New Information
arrow 1/17 - State Grand Jury Returns "No Bill" in Fatal Officer-Involved Shooting in Passaic
arrow 1/17 - Former Millville Police Officer Sentenced for Using Excessive Force During Arrests of Two Women

2019

arrow 12/30 - Office of Public Integrity and Accountability Releases Findings of Investigation into Death of Man in Paterson
arrow 12/30 - Office of Public Integrity and Accountability Releases Findings of Investigation into Death of Man in Paterson
arrow 12/27 - Office of Public Integrity and Accountability Releases Findings of Investigation into Police-involved Shooting in Hardwick Township
arrow 12/20 - Penns Grove Councilman Charged with Stealing over $8,000 from Clean Communities Program
arrow 12/19 - AG Grewal Announces Criminal Charges Against Five Public Officials and Political Candidates in Major Corruption Investigation - Jersey City School Board President Sudhan Thomas and former Assemblyman Jason O’Donnell among those charged with taking bribes in investigation by Office of Public Integrity and Accountability
arrow 12/16 - Mayor of Middlesex Borough Indicted on Charges He Stole $190,000 from Local Campaigns and Laundered the Funds Through a Charity He Ran - Ronald J. DiMura is Further Charged with Stealing from Investors and Using the Office of Mayor to Solicit a Developer for Donations to the Charity that He Intended to Use for His Personal Benefit
arrow 12/4 - Information on Jersey City Shootings - Shooting Response Task Force Continues Multi-Agency Investigation
arrow 12/4 - AG Grewal Announces “Excellence in Policing” Initiative to Promote Professionalism, Accountability, and Transparency in Law Enforcement - Initiative Includes New Statewide Policies Regarding Officer-Involved Shootings, Internal Affairs Investigations, Disclosure of Exculpatory Evidence, and Other Policing Issues
arrow 12/2 - Attorney Generalís Shooting Response Task Force Investigates Fatal Police-Involved Shooting In Secaucus, N.J.
arrow 11/20 - Former Millville Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Felony Charges for Using Excessive Force During Arrests of Two Women
arrow 9/10 - AG Grewal Launches Unit to Combat Public Corruption and Strengthen Public Confidence in Government and Criminal Justice System - Unit Will Be Led by Longtime Federal Prosecutor Responsible for Prosecuting Numerous Public Officials, Including Multiple Congressmen
arrow Suspended Senior Correctional Police Officer Convicted at Trial of Smuggling Oxycodone, Marijuana & Tobacco to Inmates
arrow 6/7 - Former Correctional Police Officer Sentenced to Prison for Conspiring to Smuggle Opioid Painkillers to Inmate in South Woods State Prison.
arrow 5/31 - Former Purchaser for Department of Transportation Sentenced to Prison for Misusing His Authority to Funnel Business to a Friend
arrow 4/29 - Founder of Special Needs School Sentenced to 60 Days in Jail - Rabbi Osher Eisemann also ordered to pay a $250,000 penalty
arrow 4/11 - AG Grewal Announces Creation of Statewide Conviction Review Unit and Statewide Cold Case Network - Hon. Carolyn Murray Steps Down from Bench to Direct One of Nation’s First Statewide Conviction Review Units
arrow 3/29 - Woman Sentenced For Stealing $140,000 In State Pension Benefits
arrow 3/22 - Former Chief Financial Officer for Nonprofit that Serves Individuals with Autism Sentenced to Prison for Stealing $115,000 from Organization
arrow 3/15 - Man Sentenced for Stealing 28 Computers from New Jersey Schools Development Authority While Working for Agency as Temp
arrow 3/13 - Former Purchaser for Department of Transportation Pleads Guilty to Misusing His Authority to Funnel Business to a Friend
arrow 2/27 - Founder of Special Needs School Found Guilty at Trial of Money Laundering and Misconduct by a Corporate Official
arrow 1/25 - Woman Pleads Guilty to Stealing $140,000 in State Pension Benefits
arrow 1/22 - Former Chief Financial Officer for Nonprofit that Serves Individuals with Autism Pleads Guilty to Stealing Nearly $115,000 from Organization
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