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Former Pittsburgh officer accused of helping drug dealer

Federal drug and computer fraud charges have been filed against a police officer based upon on the belief that she used her position to aid a drug dealer that she was dating.

The 37-year-old woman was previously employed with the Pittsburgh Housing Authority as a police officer but left to join the Montgomery County police department in Maryland. During this time, she allegedly accessed law enforcement databases to find information on individuals that owed outstanding debts to the drug dealer she was allegedly dating. The dealer allegedly used that information to burn, steal or vandalize the vehicles of the individuals that were in his debt.

The 37-year-old woman has also been charged with cocaine possession, intent to distribute illegal substances and computer fraud.

The computer fraud charges stem from events that allegedly took place in 2008 and 2009 while she was employed with the Montgomery County police department. According to the affidavit, she checked the registration of two vehicles owned by one of the drug dealer's customers. Both of those vehicles had been damaged or vandalized after the registration checks took place.

The affidavit does not state the name of the officer's purported boyfriend. However, other documents have referred to him by name. According to the affidavit, the two laundered drug proceeds by purchasing various properties in Cleveland and Pittsburgh.

According to corporate records, the officer started a business in 2008 known as D&R Security Co., which officials believe to be connected to the alleged property purchases. Pennsylvania Department of State records show that woman was previously involved with a company registered to her purported boyfriend known as R&S Holdings Inc.

The officer could face up to 20 years in prison if she is found guilty.

Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, "Officer accused of aiding drug-dealer boyfriend," Rich Lord, 3/18/2011

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