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Former director of Cleveland Community Police Commission indicted over false expense reports

Posted at 4:45 PM, Nov 21, 2017
and last updated 2017-11-21 16:48:04-05

The former executive director of the Cleveland Community Police Commission has been indicted, according to the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office. 

Authorities said, 36-year-old Nicole Junior, was charged with tampering with records, telecommunications fraud, forgery and attempted theft.

Junior, an attorney who previously worked as an assistant district attorney in Brooklyn, New York and a deputy chief prosecutor at the New York City Civilian Complain Review Board, was hired by the city of Cleveland in March of 2017 to lead the Community Police Commission.

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Cleveland formed the police commission as part of the consent decree to "input, make recommendations for police practices and provide transparency on police department reform."

In her role as executive director, Junior would have made $95,000 a year and received $10,000 in moving expenses.

Authorities said after Junior was hired she filed a fraudulent reimbursement invoice she created in the name of a New York moving company.  She filed a second invoice for moving expenses which totaled around $7,000.

Investigators found irregularities in the forms and discovered they were forged Paypal invoices, authorities said.

After she was notified about the irregularities in the invoices, Junior resigned her position, officials said. It was later discovered the moving company whose name she used, belonged to her mother's boyfriend and was registered to the same address where she lived in New York.

Junior is scheduled to appear in court on Dec. 7.