Three Former Fort Worth Police Officers Indicted in Local Court for Traffic Ticket Scheme Involving NHTSA Grant Money
In early September 2011, Marcus B. Mosqueda, Maurice Middleton, and James Dunn, former Fort Worth, Texas police officers, were indicted in Tarrant County District Court, Fort Worth, Texas. Mr. Mosqueda, Mr. Middleton and Mr. Dunn were all indicted on charges of tampering with a government record and theft by a public servant.
Mr. Mosqueda is accused of entering false times on 18 traffic tickets and receiving overtime pay for hours he did not work in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Mr. Middleton is accused of entering false times on 19 traffic tickets and receiving overtime pay for hours he did not work in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Mr. Dunn is accused of entering false times on 21 traffic tickets and receiving overtime pay for hours he did not work in 2008, 2009, and 2010. Mr. Mosqueda, Mr. Middleton, and Mr. Dunn are three of nine Fort Worth police officers suspected in this traffic ticket scheme. The officers allegedly issued tickets during normal assigned duty hours but indicated that the tickets were issued while working overtime under the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, which is funded through a National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) grant.
In March 2011, the Fort Worth City Council approved reimbursing the Texas Department of Transportation $231,000 in grant money that had been used to pay the nine officers' overtime.
This investigation is being conducted jointly with the Fort Worth Police Department and the FBI, with assistance from NHTSA and the Texas Department of Transportation.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.