Disgraced Paterson, NJ cop has been convicted in the Gangster in Blue case

PATERSON — A former metropolitan police sergeant convicted in May of conspiracy to deprive citizens of their rights and falsifying police reports will face nearly the next three years in prison following his conviction Monday.

The 33-month sentence handed to Michael Cheff, 51, of Oakland, a far cry from the 30 total years he might have faced, still made him the sixth Paterson Police officer to serve a sentence as a result of an incident investigation was ordered in 2016 and culminated in Cheff’s arrest in early 2020.

A release from the US Attorney’s Office in Newark says Cheff will also face a three-year supervised release after serving his sentence.

The Associated Press reported that five of Cheff’s subordinates – Jonathan Bustios, Daniel Pent, Eudy Ramos, Frank Toledo and Matthew Torres – testified against him as part of their pleadings.

All five of those officers were convicted last week, US attorneys said.

The crux of the investigation appeared to be the arrest of a victim in Paterson in November 2017, after which Bustios, Ramos and Torres were escorted by Cheff to the person’s home, where a safe containing about $2,700 was removed.

Cheff entered a little over $300 in evidence at the time and was accused of splitting the rest of the money among the officers involved.

Possible fines against Cheff were not announced on Monday; Earlier information from the US Attorney’s Office indicated that he might have had to pay up to $250,000 for each of the two charges against him.

Patrick Lavery is a reporter and host for New Jersey 101.5. You can reach him at [email protected]

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