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Ex-Pinal County SWAT commander suspended
Associated Press - August 1, 2009 3:24 PM ET FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - A former SWAT commander of the Pinal County Sheriff's Office has been suspended after numerous complaints accusing the deputy of criminal activity. Sheriff's officials say Sgt. Scott Gillen is accused of theft, malfeasance of office, nonfeasance of office and converting evidence for personal use. They say the allegations stem from complaints from within the department and from private citizens. Gillen is an 18-year veteran and has been placed on administrative leave. Sheriff's officials say the case has been referred to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office for investigation.
Defrauding, prostitute-hiring ex-officer gets probation
Ex-Cpl. Bill Billings had entered a no-contest plea to felony charges of scheme to defraud and official misconduct in June. In court on Tuesday, he admitted paying women for sex while on duty not just in recent years but as long as a decade ago.
Billings, who had been with the Gainesville Police Department for decades, resigned last year after similar allegations surfaced again and this time were verified by the department in an internal investigation.
Lafayette officer arrested in theft
LAFAYETTE — A 14-year-veteran of the Lafayette Police Department was arrested on theft counts Tuesday in Acadia Parish.
Maxine Trahan, spokeswoman for the Acadia Parish Sheriff’s Office, said Howard, 39, faces one count each of principal to felony theft and conspiracy to commit felony theft.
Howard has been placed on administrative leave effective immediately, pending the completion of an internal and criminal investigation, the release says.