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A forensic morgue technician at a New Jersey medical examiner’s office was arrested and charged with stealing a large wad of cash off a corpse this week.

Darryl L. Green, 48, was charged with third-degree theft by unlawful taking – and will be fired from his state job, according to the New Jersey Attorney General’s Office.

A 28-year-old man was speeding in a silver vehicle northbound on Frelinghuysen Avenue in the South Ward of Newark, at approximately 3 a.m. on Sunday morning, according to the Essex County Prosecutor’s Office. Police officers activated emergency lights in their patrol car and gave chase – but broke it off quickly. A snowstorm the day before had left the roads slick. Just minutes later, the silver vehicle had crashed into a building on Sherman Avenue. The driver was found unresponsive, and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators noted that the deceased had approximately $1,120 in his pocket at the time of the crash, according to authorities. The corpse was placed in a body bag and taken to the Northern Regional Medical Examiner’s Office in Newark.

But when the bag was opened the next day for the autopsy, the cash was gone.

Green, who was employed as an autopsy photographer, allegedly opened the bag and took the cash from the pocket sometime in the interim, authorities said.

Green faces between three and five years in state prison – and a fine of up to $15,000. The case is being prosecuted by the state Division of Criminal Justice Corruption Bureau.

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