Police arrests are becoming a daily occurrence. They consistently prove they’re not any better than the rest of us, no matter how much they profess to be. A former Dothan Alabama Police Officer, Charles Thomas Simmer, pleaded guilty to felony charges of trafficking in stolen identities and filing a false police report. Despite being sentenced to a ten year prison term, the judge in the case suspended the sentence and opted for Simmer to go home with probation.
Simmer was initially charged with 20 felonies, including 15 counts of trafficking in stolen identities. Surely, if you or I had been arrested on twenty felony counts, we wouldn’t receive the same preferential treatment that Simmer has. Simmer was investigated by his own department when he filed a police report claiming to be the victim of identity theft. The police later received a call from Simmer’s bank, who were reporting a potential fraud. According to investigators, Simmer had opened up credit cards in the names of multiple people whose identities’ he had stolen. He then went on a shopping spree and took cash advances from ATMs. For whatever reason, Simmer would later report those accounts as having been compromised. This occurred between June 2014 and March 2015, while Simmer was patrolling the streets.
“He claimed to be a victim himself, and the bank did their own investigation and informed us he was possibly the suspect,” according to Investigator Erick Broten. “He claimed someone opened up an account in his name, but it turned out it was an account he actually opened up.”
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