Columbus Police Lieutenant Moved To Desk Duty After False Overtime Investigation


UPDATED: Friday March 1, 2013 1:08 PM

A Columbus police lieutenant accused of turning in false overtime reports has been moved off of active duty, Watchdog 10 uncovered on Thursday.

According to a spokeswoman for the Columbus Division of Police, Lt. Troy Casner is on paid desk duty because of an investigation into possible misconduct.

Casner's gun and badge were removed on Wednesday, a police official said.

Sources told Watchdog 10 that Casner, who works with the narcotics bureau and also is assigned to a special group that works with federal drug agents on drug busts, put on overtime that he did not actually work.

Whenever Columbus police work with federal agents, they put in overtime and the department sends a bill to the government.

Watchdog 10 obtained a memo about questionable overtime that sparked an internal affairs investigation.

A police sergeant submitted the memo to Police Chief Kim Jacobs on Sept. 21. The memo stated that the alleged conduct rose to a level that required the notification of the Internal Affairs Bureau.

The lieutenant made more than $124,000 last year with nearly $17,000 coming from overtime.

Watchdog 10 learned on Thursday that internal affairs officials are currently investigating at least one week of that overtime.

A union representative said the union was defending Casner

“It’s a very important part of our careers,” said Union spokesman Jason Pappas. “In this individual case, though, he’s not been guilty of anything.”

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