A Prince George’s police officer was indicted on a theft charge Tuesday after an investigation found he billed a company for work he didn’t do, law enforcement officials said.
Cordell Barbour was supposed to monitor the Willow Hill Community in Largo in a police cruiser from April 10 to June 28 as part of an approved secondary-employment agreement, but there were several hours for which he billed the property management company but wasn’t there, prosecutors said.
“Officer Barbour not only stole from and defrauded the company for which he was working secondary employment, he also violated the oath he took as an officer and we take this charge very seriously,” Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Angela Alsobrooks said in a statement announcing Tuesday’s indictment from a county grand jury.
Barbour received more than $4,000 for work he didn’t do, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors learned of Barbour’s case after the police department conducted an internal investigation into the alleged misconduct.
The department had suspended Barbour with pay on June 30, police said. He is now being suspended without pay after the indictment. Barbour has worked for the department for nine years and is a patrol officer.
“The department will not tolerate any criminal misconduct,” Prince George’s County Police Chief Henry P. Stawinski III said in a statement. “We have an unwavering commitment to maintain the community’s trust.”