Camden Police Chief Scott Thomson has asked the Camden County Prosecutor's Office to investigate his belief that he was duped into improperly approving a gun-permit application for a councilman with a criminal record, according to a letter from Thomson obtained by The Inquirer.
In July, Thomson approved a handgun-purchase permit and a firearms-purchaser identification card, which confers permission to purchase rifles and shotguns, for Councilman Curtis Jenkins.
Jenkins had not disclosed on his application that he pleaded guilty in 1982 to welfare fraud, a conviction that made him ineligible for the permits under state law. According to police sources, that conviction surfaced on a required criminal background check.
"I have reason to believe I may have been provided inaccurate documentation and recommendation in evaluating the permit application," Thomson wrote in a letter to Prosecutor Warren W. Faulk dated Sept. 7.
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