James Panagoulakos

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Service Record

Agency Edison New Jersey Police Department
Rank Patrolman
Dates of Service Hired approximately 2014.[1]
Salary $142,977 (2021)[2]
Last Known Status Active

Incident Reports

2016-2018 Racketeering

Response Timeline

On June 1, 2018, Sergeant Ioannis (John) Mpletsakis, Sergeant Brian Rossmeyer, Patrolman Gregory Makras, Patrolman James Panagoulakos, and Patrolman Paul Pappas were charged with two counts of official misconduct in the second degree and one count of theft by unlawful taking in the third degree.[1]

In June 2018, the officers were suspended without pay.[3]

On October 19, 2019, the officers were indicted by a grand jury and charged with two counts of official misconduct in the second degree, participation in a pattern of official misconduct in the second degree, financial facilitation of criminal activity in the second degree, conspiracy to commit the crime of financial facilitation of criminal activity in the second degree, theft by unlawful taking in the second degree, and theft by deception in the second degree. Mpletsakis was also charged with promoting organized street crime in the first degree, and Makras was charged with hindering prosecution in the third degree, uttering a forged document in the fourth degree, and fabricating physical evidence in the fourth degree.[4]

On October 23, 2019, the officers asked that the charges be dropped as the prosecutor's office had not presented the case fairly to the grand jury.[5]

On April 16, 2020, a judge dropped the charges.[5]

On May 8, 2020, the prosecutor signed new complaints against the officers.[5]

On July 6, 2020, the same judge dismissed the new complaints, claiming "callous disregard" for his earlier order.[5]

On September 14, 2020, a judge ruled that the officers must be reinstated and given back pay.[6]

On October 14, 2022, a grand jury returned an indictment, charging the officers with racketeering, bribery, theft, money laundering, witness tampering, conspiracy, official misconduct, pattern of official misconduct, hindering apprehension, fabricating evidence, falsifying documents, failure to pay income tax, filing fraudulent tax returns, retaliating against a witness, and retaliation for past official action.[6]

The officers were offered to have the charges dismissed if they resigned from their positions. At least one officer turned down the deal, so the charges will be pursued in court.[6]

LEO Ratings

Training and Tactics rating: neutral
Protect & Serve rating: neutral
Individual Rights rating: neutral
Accountability and Integrity rating: bad
Off Duty rating: neutral
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