Fort Worth officer fired for using 'unauthorized account'

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Fort Worth officer fired for using 'unauthorized account'

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Posted on September 4, 2013 at 9:17 PM

Fort Worth's police chief announced Wednesday that a patrol officer has been fired after allegations of fraud.

A statement from Chief Jeff Halstead said Officer Lovon Ponder was terminated on August 23 for using an unauthorized account to pay more than $22,000 worth of bills. The department was not specific about the kind of bills being paid.

"This is an extremely unfortunate incident," Chief Halstead said in a written statement. "The officer admitted to every allegation of misconduct within the internal investigation. His decisions violated the ethics of our profession and will never be tolerated."

Ponder had been employed by the Fort Worth Police Department since October, 2011 and was assigned to the North Division.

The department has provided information about the misused funds to the district attorney's office for review.

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