Sure, cops don’t make a huge amount of money and sometimes it is difficult for them to make ends meet. Join the club. Even though the problem of tight money is common and not a lot of fun, it is not an excuse for unlawful activity.
A couple of police officers in San Francisco, California, Ian Furminger, 47, and Edmond Robles, 46, pushed things way too far and were recently convicted of stealing and wire fraud.
The officers worked in the plain clothes unit of SFPD’s Mission Station and used their official positions to steal money and other valuables, such as computers, electronic devices and gift cards that were seized on behalf of the city of San Francisco, and to deprive suspects of due process of law by taking these items without booking them into evidence or including them in their police reports.
The defendants were also convicted of concealing their illegal activities by filing false police reports. They were acquitted of conspiring to distribute controlled substances.
Said U.S. Attorney Melinda Haag: “These men victimized those they swore an oath to protect, ruined their own careers, and tarnished the star worn so proudly by other men and women of the San Francisco Police Department.”
San Francisco Police Department Chief Greg Suhr added, “As I said on the day I was sworn in as chief of police, and repeated on the day these officers were arrested, ‘There is no place in the San Francisco Police Department and shouldn’t be in any police department for a dishonest cop.’ I meant what I said.”
Sentencing is expected to come in February 2015.
School Police Officer Was Dealing in His Spare Time
In another cop-related case, a Baltimore, Maryland, school officer was sentenced to two years in prison for drug trafficking.
Napoleon McLain Jr., 31, of Randallstown, Maryland, distributed cocaine base while working with the Baltimore City School Police Force. BCSPF officers carry firearms and conduct arrests within Baltimore.
McClain DID NOT sell drugs to students. According to his plea agreement, McClain bought multiple ounces of cocaine base from his suppliers and resold the product. At least one of his sales was to a confidential source. End of story.