CLEVELAND — Two former East Cleveland police officers who were indicted by a grand jury for allegedly tampering with records and insurance fraud appeared in court on Wednesday morning.
52-year-old Von Harris and 28-year-old Demarkco Johnson are facing the following charges:
- Three counts of Bribery
- Four counts of Tampering with Records
- One count of Insurance Fraud
During the arraignment, a bond of $5,000 for both Harris and Johnson was set.
The dates of the alleged offenses happened between June 13, and July 24, 2018.
Here is a timeline of the incidents that allegedly happened:
June 13, 2018
While in police uniform, Johnson and Harris allegedly gave an individual a falsified police reports in exchange for two $200 cash payments outside of the East Cleveland Police Department.
June 20, 2018
Johnson and Harris allegedly gave an individual a falsified police report outside of a gas station near Shaw Avenue and Euclid Avenue in East Cleveland in exchange for two $200 cash payments.
July 24, 2018
Johnson and Harris allegedly gave an individual two falsified police reports outside of a gas station near Shaw Avenue and Euclid Avenue in East Cleveland for two $500 cash payments.
"An investigation done by the Federal Bureau of Investigation revealed Harris and Johnson falsified police reports and took money from the individual for their personal use. The individual planned to file an insurance claim worth over $10,000 with falsified police reports," said the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office in a statement.
The news comes less than a week after two East Cleveland police officers were indicted for being accused of theft in office, tampering with evidence, dereliction of duty and interfering with civil rights.
On Aug. 26, East Cleveland Police Chief Scott Gardner was indicted on multiple charges, including theft and fraud. Gardner has since been suspended.
Johnson and Harris will be arraigned at the Cuyahoga County Justice Center. The arraignment date has not been determined yet.
The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office declined to comment further "due to an ongoing investigation."
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