AUXILIARY COP FACES FEDERAL CHARGES by; Rick McCann www.privateofficer.com


GARY IND. OCT. 12 2007 -- A member of the mayor of Gary's security detail has been charged with taking a no-show job as a private security guard.
Kenneth Moore, an auxiliary police officer who has manned a desk outside the mayor's city hall office under both Rudy Clay and former mayor Scott L. King, allegedly took more than $5,000 in salary from an apartment complex that received federal housing funds.
Assistant U.S. Attorney Bernard Van Wormer said the indictment is the latest in the federal Operation Restore Public Integrity probe, but declined to comment on how they discovered Moore wasn't showing up for his Woodlake Village job.
"We'll let some other people be worried for a while," Van Wormer said.
Moore, who worked an 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. shift at City Hall and also was a security guard for the Gary Housing Authority, allegedly did not work the hours he claimed at the Woodlake Village complex in Gary's Miller neighborhood, the federal indictment states.
Gary Housing Authority officials would not release information about Moore's duties with the agency Wednesday. Moore's attorney, Frederick Work, did not return calls seeking comment.
Moore is free on a $20,000 appearance bond following his arraignment last week.
He remains a full-time employee in the police department's Supportive Services division, a position he has held since January 2002.
Officials for Trillium Properties LLC, the management firm that runs Woodlake Village, did not return calls for comment.
In 2005, former Lake County Sheriff's police chief Miguel Arredondo and East Chicago police chief Edward Samuels both pleaded guilty to ghost payrolling at Trillium-run properties, but Van Wormer said officials in the company had no apparent involvement in any of the scams.
Auxiliary police force members have arrest powers within city limits and can carry weapons. They often take jobs as security guards with the housing authority or Gary School Corp., a pattern that has drawn scrutiny from federal investigators.
Derrick Earls, who was once head of King's security detail and head of security for the Housing Authority, pleaded guilty to federal fraud charges this year in connection with more than $50,000 he received from the not-for-profit Gary Urban Enterprise Association.


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