A Midlands police officer bilked more than $7,000 in overtime pay from his department for training that he did not attend, according to the State Law Enforcement Division.
Corey James Bamberg, 40, was charged with misconduct in office, a misdemeanor, according to SLED. An arrest affidavit accuses the Bamberg Police Department officer of falsely claiming overtime pay for training that he never attended.
Agents say Bamberg is a K-9 officer and took compensation pay for 311 hours of required K-9 training that he recorded between March 2015 and September 2016. He was paid at an hourly rate of $24.06, which amounted to $7,482.66 in overtime pay.
“The investigation has revealed that the defendant did not attend the training as required,” the arrest affidavit states, “and the hours he recorded do not accurately reflect his attendance nor the canine’s overall health and performance consistent with that of a trained police canine.”
Bamberg faces up to a year in prison or a fine of up to $1,000, SLED spokesman Thom Berry said.