Police Commissioner Kevin Riley shown
According to the Dead Pelican website, the controversial New Orleans Police department deliberately overstated the number of officers to be paid by the federal government, and then gave more money to “connected” officers.
Here’s the account from their website:
FEDS ASKING TOUGH QUESTIONS OF NOPD: INDICTMENTS PREDICTED XXXX DECEMBER 03, 2005 5:27 PM
**EXCLUSIVE! MUST CREDIT THE DEAD PELICAN!**
In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the Feds are asking a number of very specific questions of the NOPD, sources tell The Dead Pelican. Among the questions that the Feds are asking, one stands out: “Where are all these officers that we were paying you for?”
As reported earlier, it is widely known that NOPD’s real troop strength has never been more than approximately 1000 commissioned officers but the “official” number (that is, the number given out by the Superintendent’s office) has always been 1500 to 1700.
But The Dead Pelican has learned that the actual numbers are quite different.
The Dead Pelican has learned that the NOPD has been taking Federal money supposedly earmarked for hiring and training officers, and using it for things like overtime for “connected” officers, rather than hiring new officers.
And, of course, there is the “phantom officer” situation, that is, “officers” who drew and cashed paychecks but cannot be found to exist.
So now there is a lingering question: where did the money go? “Something this widespread and blatant can’t go on without the Superintendent’s knowledge and implied consent,” said a source.
Insiders say that indictments are inevitable…
by Chad E. Rogers
DECEMBER 03, 2005
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