Chicago police detective, retired Cook County prosecutor being investigated for possible overtime abuse, sources say

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A Chicago police officer has been placed on duty as investigators investigate overtime abuse charges at the Cook County Main Courthouse at 26th and California, law enforcement sources say .

The 33-year-old detective, who joined the Chicago Police Department in 2012, has been reassigned to the Alternate Response Section, a unit that handles non-emergency calls, the sources said.

In 2019, the detective earned about $161,000, more than 95% of his Chicago police colleagues, according to a Better Government Association database. A detective with a decade of service would normally expect to earn around $100,000 in salary.

A retired Cook County assistant district attorney is also being investigated, the sources said.

The state’s attorney’s office and the police department’s internal affairs office are investigating, the sources said, but no criminal charges have been filed.

The sources said the investigation is linked to a system in which prosecutors notify officers to report to court, for which they receive overtime pay.

Former City Hall Inspector General Joseph Ferguson had a name for one of the ways officers banked overtime at the courthouse by being called by prosecutors to appear in court to testify or providing evidence. Paper-jumping ‘asks to be included in an arrest report despite having little or no involvement in the arrest’ to earn extra money by being summoned to court, Ferguson said in a 2017 overtime audit of the font.

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