Officials: Former police officer stole hundreds of thousands from Sandy relief funds

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A former police officer in Hoboken has been sentenced to prison for his role in stealing $187,000 in federal Superstorm Sandy relief funds to repair a vacation home in Seaside Heights.

According to the Asbury Park Press, Nikola Lulaj, 45, was sentenced to five years in prison Monday after his conviction in October on conspiracy, theft by deception and unsworn falsification charges.

Officials say Nikola, and his wife, Majlinda, falsely claimed their Seaside Heights home was their primary residence when the storm hit back in October 2012.

Prosecutors say the couple lived in Dumont at the time and later moved to the Seaside Heights home.

Majlinda will avoid prison time and serve three years of probation after completing 50 hours of community service.

AP wire services helped contribute to this report.

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