ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – KRQE News 13 now knows why an Albuquerque Police Department sergeant is accused of stealing from the city.
APD Sergeant James Geha is accused of lying on his time sheet.
Since May, New Mexico State Police have been investigating him for time card fraud. KRQE News 13 obtained nearly 1,000 pages of documents, laying out the investigation.
According to the documents, it all started when an APD sergeant filling in for a Lieutenant at the Foothills area command noticed something wasn’t right when he was signing off on Geha’s time sheet.
He noticed a very large amount of overtime for the month that Geha said he mostly earned working a property crime tactical plan. He then looked at previous months and saw the same trend.
State Police found in six months, Geha had almost 350 hours unaccounted for, most of it over time, totaling more than $15,000.
Geha told State Police he did work all those hours, but didn’t log in to the system because his lieutenant said it was OK.
The Lieutenant who just retired, told State Police otherwise.
The District Attorney’s Office now has the case.
Geha is still on regular duty. APD said the internal investigation is also looking to see if other officers have been padding their time cards, and if there’s been an oversight when it comes to overtime.