SALT LAKE CITY — A former Unified police officer charged with faking DUI reports and illegally collecting thousands of dollars in overtime entered guilty pleas Monday.
Stephen F. Hall, 44, pleaded guilty to theft by deception, a second-degree felony, and one count of falsifying a government record, a class B misdemeanor. Two additional misdemeanor counts of falsifying a government record were dismissed in exchange for Hall's plea.
In 2012, Hall reported to his supervisors that he had made 27 DUI arrests, issued 398 citations and impounded 27 vehicles while working shifts funded by the state as part of a DUI grant. The grant allowed officers to work overtime hours to conduct DUI patrol, and the state would later reimburse the department for those hours.
But Unified Police Department supervisors discovered that their own records did not match Hall's grant sheets.
According to department records, Hall made just one DUI arrest in 2012 and issued only four citations, according to charging documents. He also fabricated as many as 50 cases, the charges stated.
"None of the manufactured cases involved a real person but contained fictitious information," according to the charges.
Further investigation and comparison of various timecards dating back to January 2010 showed that Hall reported he was working his regular Unified police shift or at his part-time job doing security at a local hospital or state liquor store at the same time he claimed to be working a DUI shift, the charges state. In some cases, he was "clocked-in" at three jobs at once, according to prosecutors.
Because of that, prosecutors say from 2010 to 2013, he was "double paid" approximately $14,000 for overlapping shifts.
Hall was placed on administrative leave in January 2013. The 20-year veteran eventually retired in May as the investigation was ongoing.