2 NOPD drug detectives plead guilty to fraud, conspiracy
New Orleans, LA (AP) - Two New Orleans Police Department drug detectives pleaded guilty Thursday to stealing from a fund to pay informants and to double-dipping.
Rafael Dobard, 39, and Quincy Jones, 33, each entered pleas to two counts of conspiracy - one to commit wire fraud and one to steal from programs getting federal money, according to a news release from U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite.
They acknowledged that the department paid Dobard about $6,300 and Jones about $6,800 for hours when they were really at off-duty guard jobs.
Payroll records show that Jones - an 11-year veteran - got $32,063.84 in take-home pay from January 2012 through August 2013, including the double-billing. They show that Dobard, who had eight years on the force, was paid $43,431.60 over the same 19 months, according to court documents.
The plea agreement also said Dobard took $12,200 from the informant fund over 14 months as payments to a registered informant, but used most of that money to pay an informant who was not eligible for such payments. Dobard got a total of $1,300, Jones $1,000, and two unidentified officers $300 and $100 from those payments, according to court papers.
U.S. District Judge Nannette Jolivette Brown scheduled sentencing for both on June 19.
Both were suspended without pay after their Nov. 22 indictment, and Dobard has since resigned, Remi Braden, a police spokeswoman, said in an email. She said Jones will remain suspended during a department investigation.
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