Police Officer Charged With Stealing From Disadvantaged Chil

There are a million excuses for police corruption -- that they're underpaid, that they suffer stress, that their wives hate them, that they eat too many donuts, that their kids hate them, and that liberals use them as whipping boys. Read the official reports to hear the dreary recitation of why those who administer the laws never seem to obey them.

Police Officer Charged With Stealing From Disadvantaged Chil

Postby admin » Fri May 20, 2016 3:41 am

Police Officer Charged With Stealing From Disadvantaged Children
by Andrew Emett
May 17, 2016

NOTICE: THIS WORK MAY BE PROTECTED BY COPYRIGHT

YOU ARE REQUIRED TO READ THE COPYRIGHT NOTICE AT THIS LINK BEFORE YOU READ THE FOLLOWING WORK, THAT IS AVAILABLE SOLELY FOR PRIVATE STUDY, SCHOLARSHIP OR RESEARCH PURSUANT TO 17 U.S.C. SECTION 107 AND 108. IN THE EVENT THAT THE LIBRARY DETERMINES THAT UNLAWFUL COPYING OF THIS WORK HAS OCCURRED, THE LIBRARY HAS THE RIGHT TO BLOCK THE I.P. ADDRESS AT WHICH THE UNLAWFUL COPYING APPEARED TO HAVE OCCURRED. THANK YOU FOR RESPECTING THE RIGHTS OF COPYRIGHT OWNERS.


Under investigation for allegedly taking money from a charity program designed to help disadvantaged families, a Richfield police officer was charged this week for stealing over $26,000 from generous donors and impoverished children. After supervising the department’s “Shop With a Cop” program for several years, the officer initially came under investigation when his police chief began noticing discrepancies in the budget earlier this year.

On January 25, Richfield Police Chief Keith Morgan wrote a letter informing the state’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) of potential “discrepancies in the Shop With a Cop financial accounts.” Morgan added, “There are two signers on the Shop With a Cop bank account, both are members of the Richfield Police Department.”

Richfield Police Officer Michael Simmons and a fellow officer were immediately placed on paid administrative leave pending the BCI’s investigation into Morgan’s allegations of theft from the charity program. Although the other officer was eventually cleared of wrongdoing, Simmons has recently been charged with stealing $26,709 from the department’s Shop With a Cop program since 2010.

“The ‘Shop with a Cop’ program helps kids bond with and trust police, but this defendant violated that trust on so many different levels,” Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine said in a news release on Monday. “Our investigation found that, for years, this officer not only deceived those who generously donated to this charity, but he also stole from the children whom this program was created to help. Many more kids could have benefited from this charity had this defendant not spent thousands of dollars in donations on himself.”

As the coordinator of the program, Simmons was responsible for assigning officers to take financially disadvantaged families on a shopping spree each Christmas. But according to the Attorney General’s Office, Simmons, a 17-year veteran with the department, allegedly stole money from the budget to purchase sporting event tickets, electronics, clothing, gift cards, and tools for personal use instead.

Currently placed on unpaid leave, Simmons faces a third-degree felony charge after a warrant was issued for his arrest on Monday. If found guilty, Simmons will be responsible for stealing more than $26,000 from compassionate donors while misappropriating the funds away from impoverished children.

Instead of rebuilding trust between police and the community, Simmons has reportedly caused irreparable harm for his own personal gain. Despite the fact that Simmons has been accused of stealing from the charity fund since 2010, Chief Morgan only began noticing discrepancies in the Shop With a Cop budget earlier this year.
admin
Site Admin
 
Posts: 17884
Joined: Thu Aug 01, 2013 5:21 am

Return to Police Corruption: The Crime Starts When the Cops Show Up

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest