Former Fort Worth Police Officer Indicted in Local Court for Traffic Ticket Scheme Involving NHTSA Grant Money
On May 25, 2011, Herman Young, former Fort Worth police officer, was indicted in Tarrant County District Court, Fort Worth, Texas, on twelve counts of tampering with a governmental record and one count of theft by a public servant.
Mr. Young is accused of entering false times on twelve traffic tickets and receiving more than $20,000 in overtime for hours he did not work in 2008, 2009 and 2010. Mr. Young is one of nine Fort Worth police officers suspected in this traffic ticket scheme. The officers allegedly issued tickets during normal duty hours but indicated that the tickets were issued while working overtime under the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program, which is federally funded through a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) grant.
In March 2011, the Fort Worth City Council approved reimbursing the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) $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 TXDOT.
Note: Indictments, informations, and criminal complaints are only accusations by the Government. All defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.