A Simi Valley police officer faces charges of embezzlement related to time card fraud. Authorities accuse the officer of padding his paycheck by more than $100,000 in bogus overtime charges between 2014 and 2017.
He faces four counts of felony grand theft and one count of attempted felony grand theft. The case first came to light in August 2017. Supervisors noticed a discrepancy in the officer’s time sheet. The officer’s time card noted that he worked a shift, but the supervisor did not see the officer that day. The department reviewed previous time sheets and determined that there was a pattern of misrepresentation of time worked.
The officer had worked in various positions in the department, and was working as a school resource officer at the time of the discovery. Prior to transferring to Simi Valley, the officer worked for the Los Angeles Police Department. He also served in the US Army for six years prior to becoming a police officer.
The Simi Valley police chief said the department’s use of an “antiquated paper system” facilitated the theft. He also said that his priority to review the department’s overtime spending contributed to the incident’s discovery.
The officer has pleaded not guilty to four counts of felony grand theft and one count of attempted felony grand theft. A judge released him on a $20,000 bond. The officer is due back in court at the end of the month on matters related to the case.
Simi Valley Embezzlement Attorney
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Embezzlement, grand theft and other workplace crimes can have a serious impact on your life. In addition to facing the prospect of a criminal conviction and jail time, you can also expect other sanctions. These may include restitution and fines. Felony convictions in California can also put you at risk of lengthened sentencing for subsequent convictions.
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