Veteran Montgomery cop indicted for theft
Update from earlier post:
Montgomery County Police Sgt. Jacqueline Davey was released on her own recognizance this afternoon after being charged in a theft scheme related to her payroll submissions.
At a brief court hearing, her attorney, Paul T. Stein, said Davey earlier had been given a choice: resign from the police department or face charges. She chose the latter.
"She felt strongly enough that she wanted her day in court," Stein told Montgomery County Circuit Judge Marielsa A. Bernard. "She has chosen, if you will, to be indicted."
Stein said that Davey has two children and her husband is also a police officer, and she was not a flight risk. He asked that his client be allowed to take a scheduled trip to see family in Pennsylvania. "I had planned it because my kids are on Spring Break," Davey told the judge.
Bernard allowed the trip, and said that it doesn't appear that Davey had any kind of criminal record prior to the indictment Thursday.
After the hearing, Stein said that his client believes she is innocent. "I don't think she would have poked the state in the eye, so to speak, [and say] 'Indict me,' if she didn't think she was innocent," Stein said.
A trial date in the case has been set for June 28, according to court records.
Capt. Paul Starks, a Montgomery County police spokesman, said that Davey allegedly reported she was working when she was in fact out of the office, collecting just over $10,000 in the process. He stressed that case was just allegations at this point. "Sgt. Davey gets her day in court like any other person who was charged in the United States," Starks said.
He noted that as soon as the department became aware of possible problems, it looked into the matter on many levels and launched its investigation.
A veteran Montgomery County police sergeant was indicted Thursday on a theft charge after allegedly altering payroll submissions to collect more than $10,000 she wasn't entitled to, authorities said Friday morning.
Sgt. Jacqueline Davey, who joined the force in 1993, is due in court at 1:30 p.m. Friday for a bench warrant hearing, according to court records.
The police department's own investigation of her began in October 2009, after it appeared to a reviewer that she had not worked a shift she had entered as working on her payroll submission, officials said.
County detectives audited her timesheets going back to January 2008, and now allege "that Davey was paid in excess of $10,000 over that time period for hours that she had not worked."
Davey was suspended with pay in December. Police said it appears that she altered payroll submissions to reduce the amount of leave subtracted from her leave balance.
Sgt. Davey is assigned to the 4th District in Wheaton, authorities said.
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