Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Memphis Police Officer Indicted for Theft and Falsifying Statements

Posted By on Wed, Jan 24, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Memphis Police officer Orlando Hebron, 39, was arrested today following an indictment after his role in a sting operation involving fake drugs and government money.

Hebron offered to launder money for an FBI informant last spring, but the officer ended up keeping the money for himself. Since the money was being used in an FBI sting investigation, it was property of the U.S. government. He later lied about his involvement when confronted with the FBI. Hebron is being charged with theft of U.S. funds and making false statements to U.S. investigators.

Hebron, a Mitchell High School security officer, had numerous conversations and meetings with the unnamed informant over the course of 2006.

On November 9th of last year, Hebron accepted $3,000 in cash in exchange for his promise to launder the money and return $2,400 to the informant, but the money was never returned. Hebron said he’d used some of it to “pay some bills.”

The two made several plans to rob drug dealers, and in one meeting at a Budget Mini-Storage on Fontaine, the informant delivered Hebron a briefcase with two kilograms of fake cocaine and $9,800 in U.S. currency.

The two drove to Mississippi, rented a hotel room, and spilt the cash. Hebron hid the “drugs” hidden in nearby woods. Hebron later told the informant he was unable to locate the fake coke.

When interviewed by an FBI agent on January 19th, Hebron denied his participation in the scheme. A couple days later, he called the FBI agent back and changed his story, claiming he’d given the informant a ride to the storage facility, but did not know anything about the contents of the briefcase he’d received.

The investigation against Hebron was part of Operation Tarnished Blue. — Bianca Phillips

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