Lori Monique Jones, 33, is charged with violating the Georgia RICO act and 14 counts of violation of oath by a public servant, authorities said.
(DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office)
A former Atlanta-area police officer has been indicted for allegedly stealing money that she would split with local drug dealers.
Lori Monique Jones, 33, is accused of taking the money during the fake traffic stops aimed at the rivals of its employees, the DeKalb County District Attorney’s Office said, according to Fox 5 Atlanta.
Johnson was charged with violating the Georgia RICO act and 14 counts of violation of oath by a public servant, the station reported.
Grand Jury returns an indictment against former Dekalb Co police officer Lori Monique Johnson.
The DA says that they are fake traffic stops, seize drug money from dealers, other drug dealers who gave her a cut of the money #fox5atl pic.twitter.com/HL9EslV6iT
— George (@gfrancofox5news) 30 March 2018
The former officer stole a total of more than $150,000 during a three-staged traffic stops beginning in March 2015, authorities said. They added that Johnson targeted drug dealers because they were likely not to report the robbery to the police.
After each traffic stop, Johnson would share the money with her associates and then receive a cut for themselves. Johnson made several deposits in a local bank, according to the indictment.
“The reprehensible actions of Ms. Johnson are unacceptable and do not reflect the high standards of the DeKalb County Police Department,” Chief James Conroy told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Her actions tarnish the reputation and service which is demonstrated by our honorable law enforcement officials every day.”
The FBI was asked to assist in the investigation, Fox 5 reported.
Johnson was released on bond Friday, the Journal-Constitution reported.