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October 05, 2006

A police officer in Delray Beach, Florida, is facing charges that he defrauded the city by pretending that he was called to active duty in Iraq so that he could still collect part of his police officer salary and work for another employer, the Palm Beach Post reports.

Vincent Balestrieri is accused of using fake military documents to make it seem like he was called to active duty in Iraq . Instead of leaving for Iraq in January, he took a job as a contractor with Lockheed Martin, Delray Beach police say.

The police department pays officers who are called to active duty the difference between their regular pay and their military pay. Balestrieri is a U.S. Navy reservist, and the police department says it paid him $8,769.87 over an eight-month period.

"To find out that not only did he do it us, but he planned to do it to us... my only words to him is 'crucify him,'" Police Chief Larry Schroeder tells the newspaper. "I'd like to see him rot in jail."

Balestrieri is facing a charge of felony organized scheme to defraud and grand theft. His attorney tells the newspaper that Balestrieri will plead not guilty.

Source: Palm Beach Post

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