Paterson police sergeant sentenced to almost three years in federal prison | Paterson Times

Paterson police sergeant sentenced to almost three years in federal prison


A Paterson police sergeant was sentenced to almost three years in federal prison on Monday.

Michael Cheff, 51, of Oakland, was convicted by a jury in May following a five-day trial. He was found guilty of conspiracy to deprive persons of civil rights and falsification of a police report.

Cheff receuved a 33-month sentence.

Cheff was the supervisor of convicted police officers Eudy Ramos, Daniel Pent, Jonathan Bustios, Matthew Torres, and Frank Toledo.

On Nov. 14, 2017, Cheff along with Bustios, Ramos, and Torres stole cash from an apartment. In that incident, Cheff stole money from a safe in an apartment, approved a police report that omitted the theft of the funds, and shared a portion of the stolen proceeds with two now-convicted police officers.

Authorities said $2,700 was missing from the safe. Bustios and Toledo exchanged text messages that Cheff “grabbed the cash.”

“It’s a sad day when we have to announce the sentencing of a law enforcement official who has violated his oath, as we do today,” U.S. attorney Philip R. Sellinger said. “This defendant preyed on the public he had sworn to protect and violated the rights of citizens in the process, all to line his pockets and those of the officers he was supposed to be supervising.”

Cheff was also sentenced to three years of supervised release.

“Whether local, state, or federal, those of us who carry a badge have to prove ourselves worthy every single day,” FBI special agent in charge James Dennehy, Newark Division, said. “This defendant not only betrayed his badge and the public who entrusted him with it, he led his subordinates down a path of self-destruction and left his fellow officers to deal with the fallout.”

Cheff had worked for the Paterson police force for 24 years.

  • HankMorgan

    He’s an ugly little spud, isn’t he?

  • aLdo

    If I'm armed and I rob like 10 people I'm sure I'll get like 10 years. A cop who's supposed to serve and protect is armed for the wrong reasons, and took an oath, rob tons, was the mastermind behind his crappy crew and screwed people over whether good or bad (because news only talks about the bad in public never the good) only gets 3 yeas ? smh… This is why the system is broken. Hey all you wanna rob anyone for tons of money feel free ! You'll have a gun, authority, and will only max 3 years! Hell maybe 2 years with good behavior, not bad Eh ?! This is why cops do what they do. He should be charged way more. The little nerf looking leprechaun

    • Yogi Zuna

      Yeah, but being an X-cop he will probably get holy hell in prison.

  • MarquinhoGaucho

    how about some articles about the district and teachers…this site has turned into police blotter

    • HankMorgan

      Yeah…it sucks. Might have to break down and subscribe to northjersey.com.
      Anyway, Paterson Public Schools is done. Eileen Shafer drove the last nail in the coffin. She’ll retire fat and rich. Paterson’s children will be poor and ignorant.