A Baltimore school police officer has been arrested and charged with fraudulently obtaining over $215,000 in overtime pay. Lawrence Smith, a 49-year-old officer and longtime high school football coach, was arrested on Friday following an investigation by federal law enforcement officials.
Details of the Fraud Scheme
According to the investigation, Smith submitted false time sheets and claimed overtime pay for hours he did not work. The investigation also revealed that Smith had offered fraudulent time sheets for several years, resulting in the fraudulent payment of over $215,000 in overtime pay.
Smith has been charged with theft of government funds and wire fraud. He could face up to 20 years in prison for each charge if convicted.
The Baltimore school police department has released a statement condemning Smith’s actions and stating that they fully cooperate with the investigation. The department has also said that it will be reviewing its policies and procedures to prevent similar incidents from occurring in the future.
This case highlights the importance of proper oversight and accountability in all levels of law enforcement. It is hoped that this arrest will serve as a warning to others considering committing similar acts of fraud.