A member of the Jersey City Quality of Life Task Force has been arrested for spending time at home while on the job.

According to Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez, Zamir Thomas, 31, was charged with one count of Theft by Deception for spending time at his Jersey City residence on multiple occasions while he was being paid to perform his duties as a Jersey City Division of Quality of Life Inspector. 

The Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit arrested Thomas at the prosecutor’s office in Secaucus and released him on a summons pending his first court appearance, which is tentatively scheduled for August 8, 2023. According to Hudson County View, he has been suspended without pay.

The Jersey City Quality of Life Task Force is headed up by Municipal Prosecutor Jake Hudnut and is meant to target the worst quality-of life-offenders. It investigates reports of public nuisances, unkempt and abandoned properties, businesses that don’t follow the laws, and other municipal code violations that require intervention.

Prosecutor Suarez credited the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Investigations Unit, the Municipal Prosecutor and the Jersey City Special Investigations Unit with the arrest and investigation.