Cop's wife shoots, misses leg in retirement scam

The officer agreed to forfeit his office and will be barred from public employment

By Jason Nark
The Philadelphia Daily News

PHILADELPHIA — All she had to do was aim, squeeze the trigger and pop a bullet into her husband's leg so that he could get an early retirement.

What could go wrong?

Fortunately and unfortunately, former Camden police Sgt. Jeffrey Frett's wife is a bad shot. She blew a hole through his uniform pants, a source said, but didn't even graze him.

Either way, he's out of a job.

The 40-year-old Turnersville resident pleaded guilty yesterday to making a fake police communication about the incident, which could have been so much worse. According to the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, Frett reported over police radio that he had been shot Nov. 30 while on Interstate 676 in Camden.

Frett told police that the shooter fled in a dark van, but the Prosecutor's Office said there was no evidence to substantiate the shooting, and investigators said that Frett had "misrepresented" the incident.

A source familiar with the incident said that Frett's wife was pulled over in a dark van, not far from the scene of the alleged incident, with a gun in the car. The source said that Frett, who had two brothers on the Camden force, had asked his wife to shoot him, but she missed.

Jason Laughlin, a spokesman for the Camden County Prosecutor's Office, said no other individuals were charged in Frett's case and declined to comment about the wife's involvement.

As part of Frett's plea, he agreed to forfeit his office and will be barred from public employment. He must also serve a year of probation and pay a $150 fine, but at least he can walk.

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