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Former officer faces criminal charges over workers' compensation

When a person is arrested in Iowa on felony charges, there will often be a general belief by outsiders that the allegations will involve violent crimes, assaults, theft of goods and more obvious criminal acts. However, there are other behaviors that can lead to criminal charges that have nothing to do with those that are implied when arrested and charged with felonies. An example can be financial crimes related to taking payments that were not applicable based on the situation. It is unknown to many that these acts can result in long-term consequences that are just as significant as crimes involving violence, weapons, drugs and more.

A former law enforcement officer in Iowa has been charged with theft for improperly receiving workers' compensation payments while he was employed by the police and working elsewhere without telling either the employer or the benefits provider. Because of this, he is believed to have received more than $26,000 in payments that he otherwise should not have gotten. The charge of First Degree Theft is a Class C felony. If convicted, he can face up to 10 years in jail and a fine ranging from $1,000 to $10,000. He had been a law enforcement officer for more than a decade before leaving the job in September of 2015.

When arrested on any level of charges, it is important to understand how negative an influence a conviction can have on a person's life. It can lead to jail time, harsh fines and other consequences that will take years to get beyond. Whether it is a financial crime that the person believed was not harming anyone, a violent act or something in between, having a strong defense can make all the difference between acquittal, a reasonable plea bargain and an outright acquittal. The biggest mistake that those accused and charged with crimes will make is to understate how imperative it is to lay the foundation for a good defense.

In this case, a former law enforcement officer was placed under arrest for taking money from workers' compensation while he had another job. Although this might not sound serious, it can lead to vast penalties if there is a conviction. Perhaps he didn't realize what he was doing was illegal. Maybe he made a mistake that he regrets. Regardless, the man needs to make sure he's preparing for the worst case scenario with help from a qualified attorney.

Source: tamatoledonews.com, "Former Iowa State Trooper Charged with Theft," Oct. 20, 2016

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