Two former New Orleans Police Department narcotic detectives have been sentenced in conspiracy to commit theft and wire fraud.
Rafael Dobard, 39, and Quincy Jones, 33, were both sentenced to eighteen months incarceration followed by three years of supervised release. In addition, Dobard and Jones were ordered to pay restitution to the City of New Orleans in the amount of $18,484.44 and $19,064.25, respectively.
On February 14, Dobard and Jones pled guilty to conspiracy to commit theft from programs receiving federal funds and conspiracy to commit wire fraud. According to court documents, both defendants admitted that they conspired to enrich themselves and others by obtaining NOPD confidential informant funds by fraud and by corruptly making payments to other officers in their unit.
They also admitted that they conspired to commit wire fraud by submitting NOPD timesheets that indicated they were working on duty for the NOPD when, in fact, they were working at non-NOPD detail jobs.
"The U.S. Attorney's Office is committed to ensuring that no one is above the law," stated U.S. Attorney Polite. "These officers, both of whom swore to uphold and enforce our laws, instead broke the law by stealing public funds."
The case was investigated jointly by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the NOPD Public Integrity Bureau.