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Saddle Brook police chief charged with misconduct over police escorts for funerals

SADDLE BROOK, New Jersey (WABC) – A New Jersey police chief faces a series of criminal charges accusing him of alleged misconduct with police escorts.

Robert Kugler, Saddle Brook police chief, was charged Monday with second degree conspiracy, second degree official misconduct, and third degree corruption of public resources.

Investigators say Kugler allegedly ordered police officers on duty to act as police escorts for his private funeral home between January 2019 and August 2020.

The 59-year-old is said to have used official police vehicles to escort funeral procession to cemeteries inside and outside Saddle Brook.

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Additionally, officials say Kugler Funeral Home did not reimburse the city for the escorts.

The Bergen District Attorney’s Office has taken over overseeing the day-to-day operations of the Saddle Brook Police Department.

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