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Durham police officer arrested on fraud charge

Posted March 18, 2016

— A Durham police officer was arrested Thursday on two counts of obtaining property by false pretense, authorities said.

Officer D.M. Yuengling, 24, allegedly entered into a contractual agreement to sublet his apartment and received payment from the lessee, but he did not send the money to the rental company.

Yuengling also signed a contract to work as a courtesy officer at the apartment complex, agreeing to live on the premises in exchange for discounted rent.

Authorities said Yuengling lived elsewhere while accepting money from the person subletting his apartment. He is charged with taking $450 in discounted rent for the courtesy officer position although he did not comply with the agreement for the position.

Yuengling joined the Durham Police Department in January 2014 and is assigned to the Uniform Patrol Bureau. He is currently on administrative leave without pay.

Authorities said the case is under investigation by the Durham Police Department’s Fraud Unit and Professional Standards Division.

No additional information was released.


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