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LAPD Officer Arrested, Accused of Deferred Retirement Fraud

March 08, 2018  | 

Los Angeles police officials arrested one of their own Thursday on suspicion of workers' compensation fraud while enrolled in a controversial program that pays veteran cops and firefighters their salary and pension simultaneously for up to five years.

Police Officer Terry Johns joined the Deferred Retirement Option Plan, or DROP, in July 2014. The following month he filed a workers' compensation claim for a bad back, public records show, according to the Los Angeles Times.

He then took a long injury leave, collecting nearly $250,000 in pension and salary for the time off, according to city payroll data.

Comments (7)

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jojo @ 3/8/2018 4:48 PM

Why did they allow it to happen? Where were the internal controls?

OK then @ 3/8/2018 5:06 PM

Clearly there are details missing. I don’t underatand what the crime is baed on this information.

Sam Donalds @ 3/8/2018 5:13 PM

some years ago, the head of CA Highway Patrol retired on permanent full disability. As soon as the ink was dry on the approval, he took a job as a SCUBA instructor in Hawaii. Disability fraud is common, even routine, among CA LEO and firefighters.

Bob @ 3/8/2018 7:04 PM

Another guy in blue scheming the system and making us all look bad. I’m glad I wasn’t his partner.

Mike @ 3/9/2018 1:16 PM

This is really a case of workman’s comp fraud and has absolutely nothing to do with DROP. It appears the Times only included DROP as the publication is obviously not a fan of the program.

Mike @ 3/10/2018 9:41 AM

This case has absolutely nothing to do with the DROP program. It’s just a case of possible workman’s comp fraud. It’s obvious The Times is not a fan of DROP so they had to put that spin on it.

Jack hyde @ 3/18/2018 9:32 AM

LAPD has a program that allows officers to retire when they are eligible for a setvice pension, and then continue to work for full salary. Their service pension payments are placed in a deferred compensation account that they pull when they complete 5 additional years of DROP duty. Most cops on DROP do it with no issues except they earn double pay. However there are more than a few unscrupulous cops from CAPTAINS on down to lowly slick sleeve blue suits who pulled this same work comp unwitnessed "accident", long term "disability injury for soft tissue damage" (at home) and everyone else is screwed.

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