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Former Dallas County Deputy Debarred for Altering Government Documents

On December 17, 2013, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) debarred Johnny Quarles for 36 Months in response to pleading guilty to charges filed against him for fraud related to the falsification of overtime worksheets on NHTSA Safety Grants.

On March 8, 2013, Johnny Quarles, former Dallas County Deputy Sheriff, was sentenced in Dallas County Criminal Court, Dallas, Texas, in conjunction with his plea to tampering with governmental records. Quarles was sentenced to three years of community supervision and was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine, $240 in court costs, and $2,232 in community supervision fees. Quarles was also ordered to surrender his Texas police officer's license.

Quarles is one of three deputies indicted in Dallas County for submitting overtime reimbursement requests containing false information as to the times worked and the number of traffic citations issued in 2009, 2010 and 2011 while working overtime under the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP), which is funded through a NHTSA grant. During this investigation, Dallas County has repaid $214,030 in ineligible costs to NHTSA.

We conducted this investigation jointly with the Dallas County Sheriff's Office, with assistance from NHTSA and Texas Department of Transportation.