A complex insurance case which involves the Dallas police force has recently come to an end. The chief of Dallas Police, David Brown, has fired an officer who had made thousands of dollars out of Dallas false insurance claims. The officer in question, Dallas police officer Howard, was investigated by the internal affairs department of the Dallas police and recommended for termination of contract, following the discovery of a number of issues regarding his car insurance claims.
What investigators found in the Dallas false insurance claims case
The investigation undertaken by the internal affairs office concluded earlier on this month, when, on November 4th, they came to the decision that officer Howard had cashed in on multiple Dallas false insurance claims. Among those claims, the police officer under investigation had asked for damages and compensation, after his vehicle had been allegedly affected by a hailstorm. The vehicle in question is a BMW and the famed storm had occurred in June of last year. However, internal affairs investigators found that the dents in the car’s bodywork couldn’t have possibly been caused by hail. They were not uniform in size, shape, and depth, which means that beyond the shadow of any doubt they couldn’t have been produced by hail.
This was not the only such transgression committed by Officer Howard, according to the results of the investigation. The same member of the Dallas police force had forged a receipt attesting to the fact that his car had been towed from a Dallas mall, after that same hailstorm. Allegedly, the BMW in question was removed from the parking lot of the North Park Mall – or so the officer wanted the investigators to believe, in order to justify his Dallas false insurance claims.
The rest of the case: Police officer has a long history of trouble
These instances of forgery are not the only issues officials have against the officer involved in the case of the Dallas false insurance claims. The same Officer Howard had been investigated no fewer than 15 times in his eleven years with the Dallas police department. Some of the problems he’d caused include the unnecessary use of force, violations of the off-duty employment policy enforced by the department, and a case of going AWOL. But perhaps most seriously, Officer Howard managed to make thousands of dollars out of the false insurance claims.
Officially, the decision against him was to suspend him “for engaging in adverse conduct when he filed a fraudulent insurance claim.” The decision is not final and can be appealed against by the officer in question, yet his longstanding track record of disciplinary issues makes one wonder whether such an appeal would stand a chance in court. Howard’s termination comes in a long line of similar decisions taken by the Dallas Police Chief. In November, Brown also fired an officer that was found to be lying in a sworn affidavit, in the case of shooting a mentally ill man, as well as an officer who had been fund driving under the influence, with a blood alcohol content more than twice over the legal limit.