Approximately 54 people have been charged by the California Attorney General in connection with an alleged scam in which California Highway Patrol officers were accused of misrepresenting their overtime hours. The accusations were unveiled this week.
On February 17, a total of 54 former and present policemen were charged, with 11 of them working for the California Highway Patrol. These 11 people have been placed on administrative leave, according to the Los Angeles Times, as the investigation into the allegations proceeds.
The total amount of overtime allegedly misappropriated during the operation totaled $226,556, according to the allegations.
“The ability to put one’s trust in others is essential for effective law enforcement.
These defendants allegedly violated the law through their alleged actions, and they did so without consideration for the impact their actions would have on the California Highway Patrol or the community that placed its trust in them to protect and serve it “California Attorney General Rob Bonta expressed his views on the matter.
“I am grateful to the California Highway Patrol for conducting a comprehensive investigation and collaborating with the Department of Justice to hold these officers accountable.”
According to the East Los Angeles Police Department’s website, the division is made up of “two lieutenants, ten sergeants, 79 officers, and 16 non-uniformed workers who do a variety of tasks ranging from administrative work to fleet maintenance.”
After taking into consideration the 11 officers who are currently facing criminal charges and are on administrative leave, there are still 68 officers left.
After being questioned about the effect that these changes have had on the East Los Angeles division’s workforce, the CHP said that around 47 new officers have been hired since the beginning of this month, with “10 of those [being] assigned to the East Los Angeles Area office.
The California Highway Patrol stated in a separate statement that they “discovered the overtime fraud in the East Los Angeles area several years ago during an internal investigation.”
According to the New York Times, the inquiry into alleged fraud began in May 2018, with the scope of the investigation covering the period from January 1, 2016, to March 31, 2018.
The officers charged in the case are accused of exaggerating their overtime hours while working with the California Department of Transportation to protect construction workers in the course of their official duties. Bonta went into greater detail about this in his comments.
Rather than registering the three to four hours that were worked on in detail, an officer would reportedly record and receive pay for eight hours of overtime, according to the officer in question.
Many of the policemen who have been suspected of being part of the plan, on the other hand, have maintained their innocence. In the opinion of former Los Angeles County District Attorney Steve Cooley, the charges filed against the police are a grave error, and Bonta has no understanding of what he is doing.
The New York Times reported that Cooley said, “He [Bonta] is being inadequately represented by the deputy attorney generals assigned to this matter.”
The California Highway Patrol’s action is outrageous, and they are selectively prosecuting and discharging employees from one station all because of a genuine labor disagreement. He will realize sooner or later that this is retaliation of biblical proportions.