8 Philadelphia Police Employees Accused of Pandemic Fraud

Eight civilian Philadelphia Police Department employees have been indicted on charges of collecting Pandemic Unemployment Assistance they were not entitled to. Seven of the employees are dispatchers and one is a clerk. Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw on Tuesday said she will suspend them for 30 days with the intent to dismiss them at the end of the 30 days upon completion of arrest procedures. A federal grand jury returned an indictment charging them with theft of government funds, wire fraud and mail fraud. Prosecutors say the accused were employed and took advantage of a system that was designed to aid people left out of work because of the pandemic.