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Philadelphia Police Dispatchers, Clerk Indicted On Multiple Charges For Receiving, Spending Pandemic Unemployment Assistance Money Despite Being Ineligible

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) -- Several police communication dispatchers and a clerk that work for the Philadelphia Police Department were indicted for allegedly spending pandemic unemployment assistance money they weren't eligible to receive. The employees were charged with theft of government funds, wire fraud, and mail fraud, according to a release.

Below, are the eight employees who were charged:

  • 25-year-old Shannon Reynolds
  • 45-year-old Monica Pelzer
  • 28-year-old Yarelis Feliciano 
  • 32-year-old Najah Harrell
  • 28-year-old Korey Kinard
  • 23-year-old Keely Maude 
  • 50-year-old Tashika White
  • 55-year-old Paulette Johnson

The FBI and Philadelphia Police Corruption Task Force, along with other officials, started a criminal investigation into the allegations in early November. The investigation revealed that the employees were employed by the City of Philadelphia and received and spent PUA money they were not entitled to, according to the release. 

Philadelphia Police commissioner Danielle Outlaw will suspend the eight employees for 30 days with the intent to dismiss them at the end of the 30 days upon the completion of their arrests, according to the release.

The results of the investigation were presented to the United States Attorney's Office for review.

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