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Trooper gets $325,000 to settle whistleblower suit

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TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - The state Attorney General's Office will reportedly pay $325,000 to a former state police trooper to settle claims he was mistreated after warning that the division was failing to properly keep track of its thousands of weapons.

The Star-Ledger of Newark recently obtained a copy of the settlement with Lt. Robert Betten, which was reached in February.

The newspaper says this marks the second straight year the state has made a significant payout to a trooper who claimed retaliation after raising concerns about weapons management. Between the two cases, it says the Attorney General's Office has paid out $675,000.

Betten filed a whistle-blower lawsuit in 2008, claiming he was harassed, threatened, denied assignments and passed over for promotion while assigned to the firearms training unit in 2006.

 

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