LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - The Commonwealth Attorney’s office has indicted six Louisville Metro Police officers in a fraud scheme.
On Monday, the Jefferson County Grand Jury returned an indictment against officers Michael Abernathy, Jr., Dontae Booker, Cortez Ernest, Jackie Miller, Ashley M. Spratt and Roniqua L. Yocum.
Officials say the officers were involved in a scheme where the officers worked and were paid for private security jobs, while on duty with LMPD.
Officials say the arrangements were made by Miller.
In addition, Officers Booker, Ernest, Miller, Spratt and Yocum were indicted on Criminal Syndication: Engaging in Organized Crime and Officer Abernathy was indicted on Criminal Facilitation to Criminal Syndication: Engaging in Organized Crime. Officer Miller was also indicted on one count of Tampering with Physical Evidence.
“There's always some people that think they're smarter than the system and try to get away with it,” said WAVE 3 Safety and Security Expert D'Shawn Johnson.
Johnson said he has seen double-dipping in the department before but not to this magnitude.
“If you are working in an area of town and you’re riding a beat, you expect that officer in the next beat, which is probably your primary back up, to be there and be ready to engage in case something happens or something goes wrong,” said Johnson.
In a statement, LMPD Colonel Michael Sullivan said a Public Integrity Unit investigation was initiated several months ago when the possible criminal behavior was discovered.
“We take allegations of officers involved in criminal wrongdoing seriously,” said Sullivan. “After a thorough investigation and consultation with the Commonwealth Attorney’s Office, these cases were today presented to the Grand Jury. The Grand Jury returned indictments on six officers. All six are on administrative re-assignment.
Sullivan also provided the hire dates of the officers who have been charged:
Officer Jackie Miller Date of Hire 11/08
Officer Ashley Spratt Date of Hire 10/16
Officer Roniqua Yokum Date of Hire 09/15
Officer Cortez Ernest Date of Hire 09/09
Officer Dontae Booker Date of Hire 02/16
Officer Michael Abernathy Date of Hire 09/14
The case has been assigned to Division Two of Jefferson Circuit Court and the officers will be arraigned there on Monday, May 20, 2019 at 9:00 a.m.