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Former Binghamton Police Detective Pleads Guilty to Misconduct

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Former City of Binghamton police detective Captain John Shea is to serve one year conditional discharge, pay $1,900 in restitution and a $1,000 fine after pleading guilty to official misconduct.

The 55 year old former detective captain was accused of taking $1,900 dollars that was in a locked cabinet in the detective offices and using it for personal purposes.

The money for the Detective Captain’s Confidential Fund is allocated in the city budget and used for a variety of investigative needs according to Binghamton Police Chief Joseph Zikuski.

Zikuski says a routine audit conducted after Shea left the department revealed the cash was missing.

Earlier, Shea had been charged with drunk driving after crashing a city vehicle on Vestal Avenue in March.  He pleaded guilty in May to a reduced charge of driving while ability impared and ordered to pay $755 in a fine and surcharge.

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