An 18-year veteran of the East Chicago (Ill.) Police Department was indicted Wednesday on 12 fraud charges relating to an alleged ghost payroll scheme, federal court records state.
The U.S. attorney's office in Chicago said 42-year-old Robert Aponte defrauded his employers by receiving inflated wages from his private security side jobs. Federal prosecutors claim he submitted time sheets that falsely overstated the hours he had worked between January 2009 and September 2011.
Some of the security shifts Aponte worked at several low-income public housing properties overlapped with shifts he worked at Safety Training and Tracing, a company that provides traffic control services at the BP Refinery in Whiting, according to the indictment.
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