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Springs police sergeant falsified time sheet

Published On: Apr 29 2013 07:14:07 PM CDT

Sgt. James Butierres arrested for theft, forgery


Colorado Springs Police Sergeant arrested on charges of felony theft and felony forgery by falsifying his timesheet, according to court records.

According to court documents, 53-year-old Sgt. James Butierres would hang out at home and other places and claimed on his time sheet he was working.

Between March 22nd and April 19, court documents say he submitted at least 56 hours of time he had not actually worked.

The police supervisor headed up the Motor Vehicle Theft unit and part of his job was to track down stolen cars using a GPS.  During the investigation, police used that GPS to compare what he reported as doing, to what he was actually doing.

Court documents say investigators found he was spending a lot of time at home, at another CSPD residence and the residence of his ex-wife and children.

On some days he said he worked, employees questioned during the investigation said he never showed up to work at all. 

Some of the shifts he allegedly claimed to be working, Butierres was being paid time and a half through a motor vehicle theft grant.  The court documents also say when he was questioned about his actions, he admitted to lying on his time sheet.

In all, the hours Butierres claimed as worked amounts to about $2,500.  Because of work pay periods, he is still waiting for about $7000 of that.

Butierres has been placed on administrative leave with pay.  The case will be presented to the District Attorney's Office for formal charges.  If and when felony charges are filed, the administrative leave will be without pay.


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