Prince George's County Maryland Police Department Overtime Misconduct (2019-2021)

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Overview

Between January 17, 2019 and March 27, 2021, fourteen officers recorded timesheets that showed they were working at the department and with secondary employers at the same time.[1]

The officers worked security jobs at apartment complexes in the county, through a company run by Lieutenant Edward "Scott" Finn.[2]

In February 2021, a federal investigation into Finn's finances brought the other officers' misconduct to the department's attention.[2]

Finn was charged with five counts of tax evasion and one count of obstruction of justice for failing to disclose $1.1 million in income. Finn pleaded guilty to federal tax evasion charges and retired from the department.[2]

In April 2021, the officers were stripped of their police powers.[2]

On August 25, 2022, all of the officers were indicted for misconduct in office and participation in a theft scheme. Some of the thefts rose to the level of felonies.[1]

Seven of the officers were charged with an additional count of misconduct in office for submitting falsified information to the secondary employer.[1]

If convicted, the officers face up to five years in prison for the felony theft charges. There is no maximum sentence for misconduct in office.[1]

In January 2023, the Prince George's County State's Attorney’s Public Integrity Unit dropped the criminal charges, saying that they had found additional evidence "from multiple sources".[3]

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Officers Involved

The individual officers' pages were lost in a system crash that we experienced. We list them here for reference:[3]

  • Corporal Nick Agapov
  • Corporal Anthony Brooke
  • Corporal Kyle Cook
  • Corporal Matthew Cotillo
  • Corporal Brandon Farley
  • Corporal Chris Hall
  • Corporal Jonathan Haskett
  • Corporal Joshua Hitchens
  • Corporal James Lubonski (retired)
  • Police Officer First Class John Mcintosh
  • Corporal Michael O'Connell
  • Corporal Mathew Obordo
  • Police Officer First Class Christopher Oliver
  • Corporal Travis Popieilarcheck

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