Former Albemarle Police Officer Arrested for Embezzlement
The Albemarle County Police Department announced the arrest of a former employee during a press conference Wednesday. Lieutenant Ernie Allen has been charged with embezzlement of public funds.
Albemarle County Police Chief Steve Sellers says he saw red flags with the petty cash used by the special operations division. Allen oversaw that division, and police say he took $380 from the fund.
Sellers says an audit from December 6 revealed the missing money, after he noticed something was wrong. Allen repaid the money and resigned from his post on Monday.
"An incident of this nature erodes the public trust and tarnishes the image of all law enforcement within this community," said Sellers.
Albemarle police aren't saying what the embezzled funds were used for, but does say Allen may have had financial problems.
Allen is 51 years old, and has been with the department for 27 years. He is out on bond, and faces a felony in this case. A preliminary hearing has been scheduled for January 3.
Albemarle County Police Department Press Release
The Albemarle County Police Department has arrested Ernest Allen for embezzlement of public funds, a Class 4 Felony. Allen has worked at the ACPD for more than 27 years, most recently as a Lieutenant over the Special Operations Division. Allen is 51 years old and a resident of Albemarle County.
Allen was entrusted with an amount of petty cash, as is standard for division commanders. The money is for police related purchases and emergencies. These funds are audited on a quarterly basis. Colonel Steve Sellers conducted a spot check on Allen's petty cash allotment and discovered Allen had removed $380 from the fund. As soon as this was discovered, on December 6th, 2012, Colonel Sellers relieved Allen of his police authority and suspended him, pending further investigation. Allen repaid the money that was taken and resigned on Monday, December 10th, 2012.
The men and women of the Albemarle County Police Department are dedicated to maintaining high standards of integrity and professionalism. An incident of this nature erodes public trust and tarnishes the image of all law enforcement in our community. Fortunately, internal safeguards are in place to ensure accountability and to detect misconduct. It is these measures that ultimately led to the arrest of Allen.
Integrity is one of the core values of the ACPD and we want the community's continued confidence in our agency. Illegal misconduct will not be tolerated in the Albemarle County Police Department.
Carter Johnson Public Information Officer
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