LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Steep cuts in overtime pay have forced local sheriff’s deputies to turn to fraud and other illicit sources of income, according to a report released Tuesday.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca’s Office of Independent Review said one deputy torched his own car for a hefty insurance payout, while others fabricated burglary charges and enlisted colleagues to assist in a fraudulent car theft claim.

KNX 1070’s John Brooks reports the agency’s watchdog aren’t surprised by the increase in financial crimes, as many deputies had become dependent on the extra 15 to 20 per cent income.

“Times have been tough, and I think we have seen law enforcement officials getting tied up in financial crimes, said Michael Gennaco, the head of the watchdog unit.

Gennaco said the agency has seen a “significant spike” in the number of financial crimes committed by deputies in the last year.

Starting pay for deputies is about $60,000 a year, but in the past, overtime pay could boost salaries as much as 20 percent higher.

According to Gennaco, the sheriff has agreed to add training measures to get the message to deputies to keep their own spending limited to their base pay.

Comments (14)
  1. ed says:

    why am i not surprised. all these folks like to live fat- they buy boats, luxury cars, large homes and other “toys” and the only way they can afford them is to charge outlandish OT. when that dried up, they had to keep their lifestyles somehow. firefighters and other first responders do the same thing. this is a well known fact. that’s why they have the unions they do.

    1. 'Se says:

      Ed you forgot to mention aside from having “License to Kill.” Most of the shootings are “Justified>”

    2. Stryker 21 says:

      Thank the left wing democrats that have cut everything for public servants.

  2. Colin says:

    Yeah. The unions have nothing to do with a century of firefighters risking their lives every day to save jerks like you only to develop lung diseases at retirement age or be injured in the line of duty and having no health insurance. Firefighters, Teachers and honest cops barely make a living. Idiots like you seem to think having a union makes everyone in it rich and somehow trashes the country. Then you go and vote for guys who want to crush unions and give tax breaks to billionaires who ship all our jobs over seas. Try reading more and speaking less. And help your country. Stop voting.

    1. ed says:

      Colin- gee let me guess. Your a lib? It figures. Its misguided idiots like you that are destroying this country. Get your head out of your rear and wake up. And I do read- quite a bit and perhaps more than you. That’s why I haven’t let libs like you brain wash me. If you don’t think unions have corrupted public service organizations, think again. Unions will break this country.

    2. alan hart says:

      Ship builders and plumbers also suffer from lung disease but don’t have lavish pensions.

      If it weren’t for unions, Billionaires wouldn’t be shipping jobs overseas. You just don’t get it. How many jobs have you created?

      1. Joseph says:

        I agree. Colin is a misguided fool. Colin, maybe you should try reading more and speaking less. Alan and Ed got it right.

  3. JC says:

    I recommend to increase the Internal Affairs unit and give them OT because no one will ever know unless the cops police themselves. Cops have a hard enough job and the risks they take are serious that they should be well compensated for it.

  4. Jeanne says:

    Things are ugly everywhere and the way things are going it’s only going to get worse.

  5. alan hart says:

    Starting pay and actual pay are two entirely different things. The average deputy makes over 100 grand of taxpayer money and then cheats the system. The majority are no better than the criminals they are supposed to be “protecting” us from. Who protects us from these deputies?

  6. Marty says:

    The internal investigation will prove that they did nothing wrong.

  7. JJ says:

    A GOOD amount do abuse there power and forget about serving and protecting like when they write up there police reports, all in there favor instead of the truth. Eventually become the best liars

  8. Al-Qaida says:

    The LACSD is the biggest gang in LA County.

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