Ex-police Sergeant Accused of Stealing, Embezzling Over $30k

Ex-police Sergeant Accused of Stealing, Embezzling Over $30k

(TheRedWire.com) – While the vast majority of those who serve in law enforcement are honorable people, every now and then, a bad apple appears. In Detroit, a former police sergeant took advantage of his position of authority to benefit from those he swore to serve. Former Detroit Police Sergeant Derek Michael Loranger is facing some heavy prison time. Prosecutors allege the 46-year-old loaded money onto ten inmate ATM cards from a Detroit Police Department account between January and August 2021 while working at a city jail. He then proceeded to spend that money.

Prosecutors allege Loranger embezzled more than $30,000. The District Attorney’s office charged him with one count of embezzlement between $20,000 but less than $50,000, one count of using a computer to commit a crime, one count of misconduct in office, and ten counts of possessing a stolen ATM card. Officials say Loranger abused his position of trust, and they won’t tolerate that kind of behavior.

The disgraced police sergeant remained quiet during his December 10 arraignment hearing. The court pleaded not guilty on Loranger’s behalf while he waits for a court-appointed defense attorney.

If the former police sergeant is found guilty of the charges, he could spend up to a decade in prison.

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