Three LMPD Officers Charged in Overtime Case Plead Guilty and Agree to Pay $170,000 in Restitution
LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Three Louisville Metropolitan Police Department (LMPD) officers charged with wire fraud for their part in a scheme to defraud the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the federal government, and their own department have pleaded guilty in federal court today.
“This is a sad day but there is no gray here. These officers lied and stole to increase their paychecks and spike their pensions,” said U.S. Attorney Russell Coleman. “These officers are exceptions; outliers from the fine public servants of LMPD who we trust to protect our families. My personal thanks to Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine and his office for their partnership in investigating and prosecuting this matter. We are also fortunate to have the focus, talent, and professionalism of the multi-agency Kentucky Public Corruption Civil Rights Task Force, without which we would not be here today.”
“Our office takes seriously any abuse of public trust. Early in this investigation, we began consulting with LMPD detectives and the United States Attorney’s Office to determine the most appropriate venue for both the ongoing investigation and anticipated prosecution,” said Commonwealth’s Attorney Tom Wine. “The partnership between our office and the United States Attorney’s Office allowed us to approach these cases strategically and guarantee appropriate punishment. It was and is the shared goal of all parties to ensure that those public officials who fail to operate with the utmost integrity be held fully accountable.”
Defendants Brian Stanfield, Todd Roadhouse, and Mark Final, took part in a scheme beginning in or about 2014 and continuing to in or about August 2017, to defraud LMPD, Kentucky, and the federal government for monetary gains by submitting overtime requests for time they did not actually work on behalf of LMPD and failing to work during their assigned shifts, as well as submitting overtime requests claiming to have worked hours for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF) on Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) matters. All three defendants waived Indictment by the grand jury and pleaded to a felony Information before the Court.
According to the plea agreements, to bolster and support their requests for overtime the defendants acted in concert to prepare and/or approve false and fraudulent uniform citation arrest reports in which he or one of his co-defendants altered the time of the arrest and added the co-defendants’ names on the signature line of the citation to make it appear that two or more of them were present and involved in the citation arrest, when, in fact, this was not true. By altering the citations in these ways, the defendants were able to create documentary support for their false claims for overtime pay for hours they did not actually work.
It was further part of the scheme that the defendants submitted overtime requests claiming to have worked hours for both the DEA and the ATF on OCDETF matters when they, in fact, did not work those hours. Based upon their representations, LMPD paid them for those hours and included those hours on a reimbursement request submitted to the DEA and the ATF. Stanfield submitted falsified overtime hours to both DEA and ATF, while Roadhouse and Final falsified hours to claim time worked and paid out of ATF OCDETF funds. Ultimately, the defendants were paid through LMPD for these claimed, but not worked, hours, and the DEA and the ATF reimbursed LMPD pursuant to their respective OCDETF Agreements.
The defendants engaged in this fraud and misrepresentation in order to steal funds from the Louisville Metro Police Department and the federal government by way of an inflated paycheck as well as to increase their salary over time in order to inflate the benefits they would receive from the Kentucky Retirement Systems upon retirement.
The defendants have agreed to pay nearly $170,000 in total restitution. According to the plea agreement, Stanfield agrees to pay restitution in the amount of $101,559; Roadhouse agrees to pay $41,390 in restitution and Final agrees to pay $27,531 in restitution.
The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Stephanie Zimdahl and Special Assistant U.S. Attorney Kaleb Noblett of the Jefferson County Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office and was investigated by the Kentucky Public Corruption Civil Rights Task Force which consists of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), LMPD, the Kentucky office of the Attorney General, and the Kentucky State Police.