Cop sentenced for using counterfeit bar codes to buy items

ELIZABETH, N.J. (AP) — A former police officer convicted of using counterfeit bar codes to pay significantly lower prices for collectibles he bought at stores while in his police uniform has been sentenced to three years in state prison. Blake Clay will also be barred from holding public employment in New Jersey. His sentence was handed down Friday. The 36-year-old Rahway resident served with the Union County Police Department but was suspended without pay after being charged in May 2016. He was later dismissed and was convicted last September on theft and official misconduct charges. Clay ran the scheme at multiple stores in 2016.

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