ATLANTIC CITY – The Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office charged an Atlantic City man with providing false information to law enforcement, in connection with his report that Atlantic City Police officers assaulted him last year, Atlantic County Prosecutor Jim McClain announced.
On November 9, 2015, Anthony J. Farnham, 55, of the 1400 block of Memorial Avenue, Atlantic City, NJ, reported to the Atlantic City Police Department that, during his arrest on August 24, 2015 in Atlantic City on an unrelated matter, he had been assaulted by responding Atlantic City police officers, alleging that one officer banged Farnham’s head several times against a vehicle.
An internal affairs investigation by the Atlantic City Police Department Internal Affairs Unit and the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office Official Corruption Unit concluded from officer statements and corroborating video evidence from the responding police officers’ body cameras that Farnham’s report was untrue.
On Monday, May 16, 2016, Prosecutor Jim McClain authorized the charge against Farnham of False Reports to Law Enforcement Officers—a crime of the 4th degree.
The following day Detectives of the ACPO Official Corruption Unit and the Atlantic City Police Department served a summons complaint to Farnham at his home. Farnham is scheduled to appear in Atlantic City Municipal Court today, May 26, 2016, at 1:30 p.m.
The potential penalty for a 4th degree conviction is up to 18 months of incarceration in New Jersey State Prison.
These charges are merely an accusation and not proof of guilt. In all criminal cases a charged defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.
Anyone with information involving serious crimes is asked to call the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office at 609-909-7800 or go to the Prosecutor’s Office Web site at http://www.acpo.org/tips.html and provide information by filling out the form anonymously on the Submit a Tip page. People can also call Crime Stoppers at 609-652-1234 or 1-800-658-8477 (TIPS) or visit the Crime Stoppers Website at http://www.crimestoppersatlantic.com/. Crime Stoppers offers cash rewards for information leading to the arrest and indictment of those who commit crimes in Atlantic County.