North Bergen Town Employees Arrested for Falsifying Records

Two employees from the Parks and Recreation Department in North Bergen have been arrested for falsifying time sheets, on which they clocked hundreds of hours and were paid thousands of dollars in unearned wages. According to, Abraham Garcia and Walter Somick were indicted last Friday and charged with official misconduct and theft by deception as well as tampering with public records and falsifying records. Garcia, who also works for the North Bergen School District as an assistant football coach at the high school, was paid for over 130 hours worth of work when he was actually at home or running personal errands, not related to the job. Somick clocked about 60 hours every two weeks, and was found to be doing personal things for 110 of those hours. Both employees were paid over $1,000 every two weeks during this time period. Both have been suspended by the town since April without pay, and according to the report that will not change until the trial is over. Both could get over ten years in jail depending on the outcome of each charge. In the last four years, four other employees have been charged with similar offenses and using the town’s time and employees while conducting personal matters.

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