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Baltimore officer accused of reward money scheme, theft

At first it looked like Mark J. Lunsford, a Baltimore Police detective assigned to a U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration Task Force, was doing good work.

A tip he got from a confidential informant helped put people behind bars on drug charges. The informant was eligible for a $10,000 reward from the Baltimore City police department. The streets were safer.

But that scenario, laid out in court documents filed by federal prosecutors in Maryland, was only part of the story.

According to the records, Lunsford lied about the identity of the person who provided the tip and said it came from someone else. Then Lunsford and the other person split the reward money.

Lunsford, 29, of Sykesville, also stole a rose-colored stainless steel "Aqua Master" diamond watch, which "came under his control" during the course of his duties, the papers say.

The charges against Lunsford include fraud and theft concerning programs receiving federal funds.

This item has been updated since it was first posted.

-- Maria Glod

By Washington Post Editors  |  March 24, 2010; 11:03 AM ET
Categories:  Baltimore , Maria Glod  
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