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NJ Cop Sentenced For Stealing Police Union Funds

VINELAND, N.J. (AP) — One of two southern New Jersey police officers who stole funds from the local police union they helped oversee has been sentenced to two years of probation.

Former Vineland Patrolmen Steven Buglio also will pay $40,000 in restitution to Police Benevolent Association Local 266, which represents officers in Vineland and the Atlantic County community of Buena. He had pleaded guilty to theft in January as part of a plea deal with Cumberland County prosecutors.

Buglio was union president, while co-defendant William Newman was its treasurer. Newman was allowed to enter a pretrial program that will allow him to have his record expunged.

Authorities have not said how the thefts occurred or how the funds were used, but said the officers used the local's money "as if it was (their) own."

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