Simi Valley Police Officer Robert Longdon, 44, was arrested for stealing more than $100,000 in public funds by lying on his time sheet about overtime, police say.
The California cop has been with the Simi Valley Police Department since 2008 and was once officer of the year. Prior to the aforementioned Longdon was a officer with the LAPD.
Longdon was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of stealing more than $100,000 from the department by allegedly lying on his time sheet about his overtime hours worked.
Longdon turned himself in to authorities at the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office and was subsequently arrested then booked into jail, Simi Valley Police say.
KCLU reports that from March 2014 to September 2017 Longdon put in overtime hours that he didn’t actually work. In total Longdon falsely claimed to have worked 61 ten-hour shifts, police say.
The department discovered inconsistencies on his time sheet and in August asked the Ventura County District Attorney’s Office to look into it further. Longdon has been on paid administrative leave since the investigation began. But, on Tuesday the investigation concluded and the decision was made to arrest Longdon.
Simi Valley Police Chief David Livingstone said this regarding the matter:
“This is embarrassing. No chief of police or no police officer wants to be in the position I’m in right now. We’re being transparent about it, we’re communicating about it and we’re letting the due process of the law take its course.”
Longdon is charged with four counts of felony grand theft and one count of felony attempted grand theft. There is no word on any termination plans for Longdon.