Prosecutor: Cop Pleads Guilty to Impersonation/ID Theft While on Duty

A police sergeant has forfeited his post and future public employment after pleading guilty to impersonation/identify theft, Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced.

Matthew G. Webb, 38, a sergeant and 13-year veteran of the Neptune Township Police Department who was suspended from his job pending court over the incident, pleaded guilty Wednesday morning to one count of fourth-degree impersonation/identity theft before Monmouth County Superior Court Judge Ellen Torregrossa-O’Connor.

As part of his plea agreement, Webb forfeited his position with the police department and any future public employment in the state of New Jersey. The plea agreement also calls for a sentence of probation but permits Webb to apply for admission to the Pre-Trial Intervention (PTI) program. 

Webb is scheduled for sentencing before Judge Torregrossa-O’Connor on August 16.

When pleading guilty, Webb admitted that on February 5, 2019, he used information obtained through the Criminal Justice Information Service database in order to contact a woman through a Facebook account he set up in a fake name. He acknowledged he was on duty when he contacted the woman and that he did so, not for any law enforcement purpose, but for his own personal benefit. 

— Edited press release from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office