Meth Town 'Cop Construction Crisis' Started With Sketchy Credit Card Bill

The sordid deets of this police controversy have already cost one politico her job and served to erode a great deal of trust.

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The expenses match certain vendors on overtime slips filled out by the officer who made more than $169,000 in overtime in 2021. In total, he made more than $263,000 becoming the city's highest paid employee in 2021. Four other officers also certified they did construction work at police headquarters last year. All are now under scrutiny from a special investigator looking at the use of overtime for police projects.

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Credit card used for police headquarters renovation projects had more than $42,000 in expenses

The main officer at the center of an investigation into overtime misuse in Independence had access to a credit card with more than $42,000 in purchases from January 2021 to January 2022, KMBC 9 Investigates has uncovered through public records.The credit card records are the first real clue at supply costs for a year-long renovation project at police headquarters now under scrutiny from a special investigator hired by Independence city manager Zach Walker.

Independence Police Department credit card statements shed light on cost of jail remodel

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - The KSHB 41 I-Team continues to follow the ongoing investigation into an Independence police officer's use of overtime. Previous reporting by the I-Team found 2,800 hours of overtime and more than $160,000 in overtime pay went towards the remodeling of the city's detention center.

Call to fire Independence city manager in police overtime misuse investigation

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. - Emotions from a police scandal involving excessive overtime pay spilling over at an Independence City Council meeting with calls to fire the city manager. Obvious anger and concerns raised Tuesday night by the taxpayers in Missouri's fifth largest city, and strong words from elected officials who say the entire city needs an audit.

Independence performs building inspection for police headquarters after overtime construction work

The lead building official for the city of Independence has double-checked police officers' construction work at the city's police headquarters, KMBC 9 Investigates has confirmed.The inspection, earlier this month, came after Independence City Manager Zach Walker ordered an outside investigation into a master police officer's 2,800 hours of overtime to perform construction-related projects at the city's central police building at 223 N.

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