2 Charged In Raleigh Police Double-Dipping Probe
Posted November 1, 2006
RALEIGH, N.C. — A Raleigh police lieutenant and a retired police sergeant were charged with larceny Wednesday following an investigation into officers working off-duty jobs while they were still on patrol.
Former Sgt. David Murphy and Lt. Charles Bryant were charged in connection with the allegations of double-dipping after months of investigation by the Raleigh Police Department and the Wake County District Attorney's Office.
"The (police department) sent over (its findings) and asked us to look at specific cases. We did review those cases," said Wake County Assistant District Attorney Susan Spurlin. "These are the only two in which we thought it was appropriate to bring criminal charges."
Both were given criminal summonses to appear in court on Nov. 30.
Murphy, who retired on Aug. 1 after 27 years of service, is charged with one count of misdemeanor larceny.
Bryant, who has 25 years of service, is charged with three counts of misdemeanor larceny. He is suspended with pay pending the outcome of the administrative investigation, Raleigh police spokesman Jim Sughrue said.
"Police officers are not above the law, and the department has a responsibility to act when potential criminal wrongdoing is found," Sughrue said in statement released Wednesday afternoon. "The department will assertively discipline those who violate the law or departmental regulations. Nothing is more important in our business than integrity."
The charges stem from an internal police department probe begun after a routine audit in May uncovered irregularities in off-duty employment records. WRAL had learned six officers were being investigated for working an off-duty security job when they were supposed to be on the clock for the department.
That administrative investigation into the six officers' alleged double-dipping is still under way, and Raleigh police would not comment further on the matter Wednesday.
"Law enforcement agencies standards have to be high, and the Raleigh Police Department is going to hold itself to the highest possible standards," Sughrue said.
The audit of work records since January 2005 showed 104 officers compiled 150 violations, almost half of which involved working more than 14 hours a day both on- and off-duty.
Sixty violations involved officers' not having a valid contract, and 19 were determined to be double-dipping by working a security job and patrol duties at the same time.
The police department has said it has already made changes to its off-duty system and intends to make more to prevent future incidents.
"It's my understanding that they've made some changes to the way they do things at the Raleigh Police Department, so I would not expect these charges to arise again," Spurlin said.