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Two Indiana police officers accused of ‘ghost employment,’ official misconduct

Indiana State Police arrested two Columbus, Indiana police officers on charges of ghost employment, official misconduct, and theft.

COLUMBUS, Ind. (WPTA21) - Two Columbus Police officers are accused of working two jobs at the same time and getting paid for those overlapping shifts.

Lieutenant Dan Meister and Sergeant Ron May allegedly worked an off-duty security job at Columbus Regional Hospital while on duty with the Columbus Police Department.

The investigation found that between February 2015 and August 2018, Meister and May allegedly worked overlapping shifts for both the hospital and the police department.

Both officers were paid by the hospital and the police department for the same hours worked on numerous occasions.

Investigators found that Meister had overlapped hours worked on 52 separate occasions. May was found to have overlapped hours worked on 62 separate occasions.

The case was turned over to a special prosecutor, and on Friday, both men were arrested and booked.

Both men are facing official Misconduct, ghost employment, and theft.

Both will soon face initial hearings in Bartholomew County.

Kayla Crandall

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