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Cincinnati police officer pleads guilty to failing to claim off-duty detail cash earnings on her tax returns

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of Ohio

CINCINNATI – A Cincinnati police officer pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court today to submitting false tax returns by failing to report cash income she earned from off-duty work details.


Quianna Campbell, 40, of Cincinnati, was arrested and charged by criminal complaint in February 2020. Today, she pleaded guilty to three counts of the indictment of filing false tax returns.


Campbell has been employed with the Cincinnati Police Department for 11 years.


According to her plea, she worked off-duty at various businesses, including nightclubs, throughout her employment at CPD.


According to police records, Campbell earned more than $81,000 total working off-duty details in 2015, 2016 and 2017. She underreported her income for those years by at least $60,000 when filing her taxes.


Campbell will pay nearly $24,000 in restitution to the IRS as part of her plea.


“As a police officer, the defendant was responsible for enforcing the law,” said Bryant Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, IRS Criminal Investigation, Cincinnati Field Office. “By filing false tax returns for her personal financial gain, she violated the law.”


Willfully filing a false tax return carries a potential maximum penalty of up to three years in prison. Congress sets the maximum statutory sentence. Sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the Court based on the advisory sentencing guidelines and other statutory factors.


David M. DeVillers, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Ohio; Bryant Jackson, Special Agent in Charge, Internal Revenue Service-Criminal Investigation; and Cincinnati Police Chief Eliot K. Isaac announced the charges. Assistant United States Attorney Kenneth L. Parker is representing the United States in this case.


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Updated November 2, 2020