Anaheim Police Chief and Top Deputy Being Investigated for Time Card Fraud

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Anaheim Police Chief Raul Quezada and Deputy Chief Dan Cahill are under investigation for allegedly falsifying time cards after a fellow police officer raised the allegations in a memo obtained by ABC7 News.

The memo, written by a police captain to the city manager, city attorney and human resources director, alleges that Quezada and Cahill reported fewer vacation days than they actually took, meaning Quezada could have been paid more than $24,000 and Cahill could have been paid $38,000 for time they did not work.

According to the ABC7 report:

The memo alleges Quezada took 27 days off scheduled work, 16 marked vacation from September 2015 to September 2016. The captain cites a payroll report which shows the chief only marked two vacation days and eight sick days.

In Cahill’s case, the memo alleges he took 46 days off work, including five sick days in a row. The report shows he used four vacation days and zero sick days.

The city has hired an outside firm to conduct an investigation and both officials have been allowed to continue working.

Representatives of the Anaheim Police Officers’ Association questioned why Quezada and Cahill have not been put on leave, ABC7 reported.

Quezada, the city’s first Latino police chief, was hired in 2014 in response to community backlash against the Anaheim Police Department that began in the summer of 2012 after a string of officer-involved shootings led to protests and eventually riots.

At the time of his hiring, Quezada emphasized his dedication to restoring community trust in the department.

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  • Valkyrie Joos

    I am happy to report I had a really positive interaction with FPD and Officer A. in charge of traffic. I have met Dan Hughs at a couple of open house functions and he was pleasant. They are trying. While I don’t agree with a lot of things that happen, I have had interactions twice over the last couple of years that have resulted in positive outcomes. I would like to see more community outreach and treatment referral. However, in order for them to refer for treatment rather then jail, they need services to refer too available.

    I think the time-card thing is a little petty. I mean how much is your life on-the line everyday you step into the office worth? I guess my conservative upbringing shows a little. I am more concerned that the DA got a grant for over half a million dollars which was to be used, in part, for DUID training.

    That being the guys on the front obtaining DRE training so to avoid a Kelly Thomas issue. It is at times a hard call. However, by the time everyone took a bite the front line training allocated was only $30,000! We spent it on faulty lab equipment and more prosecution staff.

    Flash! If you train your guys on the front then you might not need em on the back-end! Plus, what does that say to those who risk the hornets nest they face. It’s not good! There are some good and bad in all, but to withhold training dollars to front line personnel, have no treatment facilities for them to refer to and THEN let em get smashed is not fair either!

    • Rivett

      I can’t tell if this is subversive humor or if you’re completely addled. In what universe does a ‘conservative upbringing’ include being told it’s ok to get paid for work you don’t do? Must go hand in hand with the conservative idea that looting public coffers for the benefit of private companies is the free market.

      Chiefs and Deputy Chiefs are not beat cops, they do not put their life on the line except for the ever present possibility of stapler injury and the inevitable retirement on so-called disability, but that’s been covered ad nauseum elsewhere.

      • LFOldTimer

        Thank you for being a voice of reason.

        But even if a beat cop puts his life on the line (note: it’s not even one of the 10 most dangerous jobs in America) that should not give beat cops the right to violate laws with impunity. For God sake, they are the enforcers. If there is any integrity left in our government those who enforce the laws should be held to an even HIGHER standard than non-LE personnel. In fact, MUCH higher standards.

        IOW’s cops should lose their jobs for even lesser violations than a civilian would lose his job. But that isn’t the case at all. The average ordinary civilian is held to higher standards in society than are cops. And I could cite a couple dozen of examples to prove my case.

        They’ve turned the system into a scam.

  • BeeBee.BeeLeaves

    Oy. Say it isn’t so.

  • Paul Lucas

    To protect and serve. This is the “Progressive Chief” that Jordan is bragging about?

    • LFOldTimer

      Now let’s be fair.

      Jordan’s definition of “progressive” may be completely different than yours.

      We know that “is” does not always mean “is”. Bill Clinton taught us that.

      • Paul Lucas

        Rubbish lol. He used the word in the vernacular as the contemporary progressive. Hes been doing that since he got on the school board and has been acting like a hard right republican ever since.

        • LFOldTimer

          You know him much better than I do so I’ll take your word for it.

          I just thought maybe he attended the Bill Clinton School of the English Language.

  • David Zenger

    “Representatives of the Anaheim Police Officers’ Association questioned why Quezada and Cahill have not been put on leave, ABC7 reported.”

    How ironic. The union that always pulls POBR out of its holster wants to stick its snout into personnel matters involving…cops!

    • LFOldTimer

      They probably just need more training. That’s all. I’m sure Sheriff Hutchens would agree. It’s entirely within the realm of possibility that after decades on the job they just didn’t know how to properly fill out their time sheets. So let’s not rush to judgment here. I’m sure HR could straighten all this out with a couple hour sessions on time sheet instruction. We need a 2 year investigation to figure this one out. Oh, and let the Sheriff’s Internal Affairs Dept. do the investigation to make sure there’s no favoritism or bias. 🙂 If they’re put on admin leave we have to make sure it’s fully paid leave too. They have families to feed and need those city pension contributions so that when they retire those $15,000 – $20,000 monthly pension direct deposits are guaranteed to land like clockwork at the bank for the next 20 years.

      Btw, thanks for your service to the people, boys. Thanks for serving and protecting us.

      • David Zenger

        Yes it’s true. If those Fullerton cops had better training with the mentally ill and the homeless they never would have set-up, stalked, terrorized, and then beat Kelly Thomas to death.

        • LFOldTimer

          Now you’re really giving them the benefit of the doubt.

      • Rivett

        No way these guys are going anywhere until they catch Chief’s Disease, suffering from a paper cut at work, which will allow them to retire on ‘disability’ and get a portion of their retirement earnings tax free. Stamp it!

        • LFOldTimer

          They are heroes and they deserve.

          • David Zenger

            Lol. Yes, don’t you watch the news?

  • LFOldTimer

    ha. More hero action from those who protect and serve at the top of the food chain.

    If this proves to be true – it should result in immediate termination as it would in the private sector for ordinary citizens. And it should result in prosecution for theft of public funds.

    But that would only happen in a society where Equality Under the Law exists. Unfortunately we have been conditioned to acquiesce that we don’t have Equality Under the Law in the OC.

    POBOR supercedes Equality Under the Law where we live.

    So I predict more of the same.

    Don’t expect anything to come of this.