Former lawmaker sentenced to 5 years in jail

A former state lawmaker and Hackensack police chief was sentenced Thursday to serve five years behind bars for insurance fraud and official misconduct.

Charles “Ken” Zisa was sentenced in Bergen Superior Court following being convicted of official misconduct after he reportedly removed his then-girlfriend, Kathleen Tiernan, from an accident scene in 2008, according to published reports.

Zisa was accused of using his authority to help Tiernan after she struck a utility pole while driving his vehicle.

Zisa reportedly told police Tiernan crashed the vehicle after swerving to avoid an animal and then removed her from the scene of the crash before police could conduct a sobriety test, according to reports.

Former lawmaker sentenced to 5 years in jail