BALTIMORE (WJZ) – A former Crofton police officer has been sentenced to probation for falsifying time sheets to get paid for the time he’s not working, authorities say.
Berney Williams, 34, was ordered to serve a year of supervised probation and pay $3,830 in restitution after pleading guilty to Alford of petty theft, state attorney Anne Colt Leitess said. Anne Arundel said Monday.
Williams agreed to resign immediately from the Crofton Police Department.
Williams was suspended in November 2020 based on the preliminary findings of a police investigation into allegations that he submitted false timesheets and was paid for the hours he did not work.
The investigation found that Williams’ dispatch log of shifts did not match the officer’s timesheet, he did not show up on the days he was scheduled to work, and he increased the number your overtime.
In a statement, Leitess said that Williams used his position to steal from the community he vowed to protect.
“This sentence holds him accountable for his actions because he was ordered to repay the debt to the community for his unlawful actions,” the state attorney said in part.
By entering Alford’s guilty plea, Williams did not admit guilt but instead provided evidence potentially sufficient to convince a judge or jury to find him guilty.
https://baltimore.cbslocal.com/2021/12/20/former-maryland-police-officer-gets-probation-for-falsified-time-sheets/ Former Maryland Police Officer On Probation For Forged Timesheets – CBS Baltimore