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State police investigating after 2 Columbus PD officers accused of working at hospital while on duty

Posted at 10:46 AM, Jan 10, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-10 10:46:27-05

COLUMBUS — Indiana State Police is investigating allegations of ghost employment and official misconduct within the Columbus Police Department.

Two Columbus Police Department officers are accused of working secondary jobs as security officers at Columbus Regional Hospital while they were on duty for Columbus Police.

Columbus Regional Hospital spokeswoman Kelsey DeClue confirmed to RTV6 that officers Ron May and Dan Meister were dismissed from their independent contractor jobs at the hospital on November 30, one day after Columbus Police contacted ISP on to investigate a criminal complaint.

Columbus Police launched an internal investigation in September after the agency received a complaint.

Following that internal investigation, officer May announced on November 29 he would retire in May, according to the police department.
Lt. Matt Harris, spokesman for Columbus Police, said Meister was reassigned to non-law enforcement duties within the agency.

Harris said Meister, a 22-year veteran, was previously a lieutenant and is now working in a patrol officer position.

Harris said officer May is not working for the police department because of accumulated vacation time.

RTV6 asked the department for an interview with the accused officers.

The ISP investigation is still ongoing.

Columbus Regional Hospital spokeswoman Kesley DeClue said they are fully cooperating with the investigation.

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