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No criminal charges in Durham police overtime case

Posted September 14, 2010

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— State authorities have decided not to press criminal charges against a former Durham Police Department employee who racked up almost $60,000 in overtime last year, but city officials said Tuesday that they might pursue the case in other ways.

A review of Durham Police Department payroll records by WRAL News shows Alesha Robinson-Taylor was paid $59,545 from October 2008 through July 2009. The overtime is more than her $52,665 annual salary.

Following a city audit, Robinson-Taylor was fired last October. A 12-year veteran of the police department, she had coordinated off-duty jobs for officers, handled alcohol permits and scheduled towing services.

Auditors determined that time sheets, phone records and e-mail logs couldn't substantiate the amount of overtime Robinson-Taylor was collecting.

The audit also found that Deputy Police Chief B.J. Council approved most of the overtime. Council retired from the department at the end of last year.

The Durham County District Attorney's Office asked the State Bureau of Investigation to determine whether the case involved any illegal activity. Based on the SBI's findings, the Special Prosecutions Unit of the state Attorney General's Office decided not to pursue criminal charges, according to Noelle Talley, a spokeswoman for the Attorney General's Office.

Durham City Manager Tom Bonfield said that, although the city respects the state's decision, local officials aren't yet ready to close the case.

"While the city has recovered some of the money in question from Ms. Robinson-Taylor, a decision has not been made whether or not the city will pursue other legal remedies at this time,” Bonfield said in a statement.

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  • Sherlock Sep 15, 2010

    It is nice to kmow that you can commit a crime in Durham and if you know people or hold a special position you can get away withit if you just give part of it back. Also since the SBI is involved the DA does not want to chance it going to court would look bad on the office.

  • WHEEL Sep 15, 2010

    didisaythat - Looks like the Durham PD doesnt need anyone to "trample their integrity". They do a pretty good job on their own.

  • awheywego Sep 15, 2010

    A corrupt police force is necessary to permit rampant crime.

  • delilahk2000 Sep 14, 2010

    WHY DOES THAT NOT SURPRISE US AT ALL. I DID NOT THINK IT WOULD GO THREW. JUST KEEP ROBBING FROM THE TAXPAYERS, WHY WE DON'T NEED IT.

  • lilluke0 Sep 14, 2010

    Ever since the Bail-outs we have been getting all sorts of under the table activity in the $millions and $Billions of dollars.Our government is not giving out enough prison time,jail time and taking back all of these people's bank account funds. Now we got people here tring the wall st./main st roll and you tell us they don't have enough on them to go
    forward!! Duh,and Double-Duh! If your co-workers see this happening and tell their boss,no one check into this, you are on your way out the door. How much more proof do you need,you didn't do a follow-up?
    09142010

  • boneymaroney13 Sep 14, 2010

    ORMA calm down. We can hold our officers accountable. It's the administration that will not. Whatever happened to the officer that was selling crack while in uniform back in the spring/summer? You haven't heard anything else about that one either!

  • boneymaroney13 Sep 14, 2010

    I wonder how far up the "chain" this "protection" goes? You'll never hear anything else about this. When I was an investigator, yes, lying on a timecard was and still is fraud! Especially for this amount of money we the tax payers have lost.

  • US VET Sep 14, 2010

    What a farce. They are guilty of fraud and embezzlement and shoud be prosicuted. Its our tax money, There is no justice..

  • Crayzee1 Sep 14, 2010

    @ didisaythat. I'm pretty sure lying on a time card is embezzlement. Fairly certain embezzlement is a crime.

  • ORMA Sep 14, 2010

    If it were any of us, we would have been UNDER the jail. But, NOOOO, we can't hold any police officers or politicians or celebrities accountable for any of their actions regardless of how immoral, unethical, or down right illegal they are.

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