Theft, bribery conspiracy alleged
A federal grand jury indicted two suspended New Orleans narcotics detectives on Friday, accusing them of submitting phony time sheets and scheming to steal thousands of dollars from a Police Department fund for confidential informants.
According to the 17-count indictment, detective Rafael Dobard spread the wealth with bribes to other detectives.
Dobard, 39, and fellow detective Quincy Jones, 33, both worked in the Fourth District, which covers Algiers. The indictment accuses them of claiming pay for NOPD hours for time they were working off-duty paid details together for the Housing Authority of New Orleans.
It also accuses Dobard, an eight-year NOPD veteran, of receiving $12,200 in NOPD funds from June 15, 2012, to Aug. 7, 2013, as part of the conspiracy. He allegedly gave $200 to Jones on March 11, the same day he took $2,760 from the confidential-informant fund, and also gave money to a pair of Fourth District drug cops who are identified in the indictment only as “Detective A” and “Detective B.” On Aug. 7, the same day Dobard allegedly paid off both detectives, Jones told him “that he believed Dobard was bringing Detective B along too fast,” the indictment states.
The indictment alleges that Dobard fraudulently obtained $11,600 in NOPD funds that he claimed was going to a confidential informant, identified only as “CI No. I-496-0.”
The double-dipping by the two detectives started before 2012, the indictment states.
It says they submitted five fraudulent activity reports, covering pay periods from February 2012 through July 2013, that added up to more than $8,800 in NOPD pay for Dobard and more than $6,800 for Jones, although the indictment doesn’t suggest that all of those hours were bogus.
Dobard had worked security details at the B.W. Cooper and Guste public housing developments, among other locations. The indictment accuses the two men of multiple counts of conspiracy, theft and bribery from a program receiving federal funds, conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and five counts each of wire fraud. Dobard is named in 13 counts in the indictment, Jones in seven.
Dobard and Jones, an 11-year veteran, both were placed on emergency suspension following their arrest Nov. 6.
The case took off in June, when the NOPD’s Public Integrity Bureau met with FBI agents. Together, they interviewed “a law enforcement officer with firsthand knowledge” of the alleged double-dipping, FBI Special Agent Brent Korhn said in Nov. 6 affidavits supporting arrest warrants for the two officers.