Utah police officer charged for allegedly faking DUI reports
A former Unified Police Department officer has been charged with faking DUI reports and working overlapping shifts to steal taxpayer money.
Stephen Hall, 43, retired amid an internal investigation that allegedly found he had faked reports while working grant-funded overtime shifts, sometimes at the same time he was clocked-in at other jobs.
From 2010 and 2013, Hall was double-paid about $14,100, according to charges filed against him in 3rd District Court on Monday.
Prosecutors charged him with second-degree felony theft by deception and three counts of class B misdemeanor falsification or alteration of government record. While the misdemeanors carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail, if he is convicted for theft, Hall could spend up to 15 years in prison.
Hall a 20-year veteran with UPD retired in mid-May, during the middle of the investigation, said spokesman Jared Richardson.
Unified police have the option to work federal and state grant-funded overtime shifts specifically for DUI and underage drinking enforcement. During 2012, Hall reportedly made 27 DUI arrests, issued 398 citations and impounded 27 vehicles during such shifts, according to the charges. But the police records did not match up: they showed only one DUI arrest and four citations.
Supervisors also found that Hall had made up 50 cases, filled out with fictitious information and listed work he did not actually perform, the charges add.
After comparing all of Hall's time cards, an investigating lieutenant discovered that Hall got paid for working grant shifts during the same time as his part-time security jobs at a State Liquor Store and a Salt Lake County hospital, according to the charges.
"In a few instances, Hall was clocked-in at three jobs at one time," the charges read.
The court has issued a $5,000 warrant for Hall's arrest.
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