Retired Jersey Shore cop stole $47,000 from New Jersey PBA funds

FORKED RIVER, NJ – A recently retired police officer who also served as treasurer of the New Jersey Policeman’s Benevolent Association – Ocean County Conference has been arrested and charged after taking approximately $47,000 from the fund for his own personal benefit.

Jason Hildebrant, 44, of Forked River, a former Long Beach Township police officer, was charged by the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office with theft by failure to make required disposition.

He was issued a court summons and released.

“The investigation revealed that Hildebrant – a recently retired Long Beach Township Police Officer – was acting in his capacity as Treasurer of the New Jersey Policeman’s Benevolent Association (PBA)–Ocean County Conference between October 2018 and December 2022, when he unlawfully withdrew funds from the Association’s bank account by way of ATM and counter withdrawals and utilized approximately $47,000 in stolen funds for his own personal benefit,” Ocean County Prosecutor Bradley Billhimer said.

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Hildebrant was processed at the Ocean County Sheriff’s Office and released on a summons pending a future appearance in Ocean County Superior Court.

He was given a ‘blue line’ courtesy by the OCPO, and no booking photo was not released as is customary in similar cases involving non-law enforcement officials.