Troopers who gave high speed sports car escort to Atlantic City forfeit jobs; sergeant pleads guilty

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TRENTON – The New Jersey State Police sergeant who led an unauthorized high-speed escort of a sports car caravan to Atlantic City in 2012 pleaded guilty today (Monday, March 11) to a crime for altering the numbers on the license plates of his troop car to conceal its identity. 

He and a second trooper who assisted in the escort also agreed to forfeit their jobs with the New Jersey State Police, Attorney General Jeffrey S. Chiesa announced.

Sgt. First Class Nadir Nassry, 47, of Phillipsburg, who led the March 30, 2012 caravan and enlisted the other trooper in the unauthorized escort, pleaded guilty to a fourth-degree charge of falsifying or tampering with records before Superior Court Judge Bradley J. Ferencz in Middlesex County, Chiesa said.

Nassry admitted that he used electrical tape to change the numbers on the license plates of his troop car to conceal his participation in the unauthorized escort. Nassry has been a trooper for 26 years.

Under the plea agreement, the state will recommend that he be sentenced to probation. He must forfeit his job with the New Jersey State Police and will be permanently barred from any law enforcement position or public employment in New Jersey, Chiesa said. Judge Ferencz scheduled sentencing for Nassry for April 29.

Trooper Joseph Ventrella, 29, of Bloomingdale, a seven-year veteran of the New Jersey State Police who assisted in the unauthorized escort, agreed to waive indictment and be charged by accusation with fourth-degree falsifying or tampering with records. He did not plead guilty to the charge.

The state has agreed to allow him to enroll in the Middlesex County pre-trial intervention program, if approved by the court. If he successfully completes PTI, the charge against him will be dismissed. As conditions of enrollment in PTI, Ventrella would forfeit his job with and will be permanently barred from any law enforcement position in New Jersey.

“The actions we announce today reflect a resolve to maintain the highest standards of conduct for the state police, standards to which the overwhelming majority of state troopers adhere,” said Chiesa.

“These troopers violated those standards and betrayed the public’s trust, undermining public safety and the reputation of the force. They are justly paying a high price for their poor judgment. Both men have ended their law enforcement careers, and one will have a felony record for the rest of his life.”

“As members of the state police, we must hold ourselves to a higher standard to maintain the public's trust,” said Col. Rick Fuentes, superintendent of the New Jersey State Police. “When we fail to adhere to those standards, we need to ensure that any violations are taken seriously and disciplined accordingly. The actions of these members should not overshadow all of the great work and service provided by the men and women who proudly wear the uniform of the New Jersey State Police.”

Deputy Attorney General Michael A. Monahan, deputy chief of the Corruption Bureau, handled the case for the Division of Criminal Justice.


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