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Former Howard County police officer pleads guilty to falsifying overtime

Clate Moton-Jackson, a 14-year police veteran, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of falsifying overtime documents.
Clate Moton-Jackson, a 14-year police veteran, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of falsifying overtime documents. (Howard County Sheriff's Office)

A former Howard County police officer pleaded guilty Monday to falsifying overtime documents to qualify for payouts he did not earn, according to a department news release.

Clate Moton-Jackson, a 14-year police veteran, pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count and agreed to pay $15,000 in restitution and to step down from his position as part of a plea deal with prosecutors, according to Howard County police.

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Internal affairs officials began looking at the 41-year-old Frederick County resident in July 2017, after questions were raised about whether the officer had given false information to the agency.

At the time, Moton-Jackson was working at an off-site location as a computer crimes investigator in the digital forensics unit.

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A Baltimore jury convicted a city police lieutenant who prosecutors said was at home on the Eastern Shore when he was taking pay for overseeing the downtown casino district.

Investigators found in video footage and key access records that Moton-Jackson had on multiple dates claimed to be working, but had never entered the building, police said.

The former officer submitted falsified pay records totaling more than $27,000 for those dates, according to the release.

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