I hope this article, very close to home, proves out to be other than reported.
Last year we won a ride in a police car to school at a silent auction. My kids were so excited when Officer Wagner came to our house one morning in her police car, talked to them about police work, and drove them to school in her police car.
I hope this matter clears up – interesting how close to home some of these things are.
Manchester sergeant charged with stealing funds she managed
By Robert D. Muirhead
Published: Friday, October 31, 2008 1:08 PM EDT
MANCHESTER – A Manchester police officer – recently promoted to sergeant – was arrested Thursday on charges that she stole money from department accounts, according to police.
Sgt. Michelle Wagner, 33, turned herself in Thursday on a warrant charging the 10-year department veteran with second-degree larceny, Chief James O. Berry said Thursday.
Second-degree larceny is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
The arrest is part of an investigation into allegations of ǃ?inappropriate financial transactions from accounts that Sgt. Wagner managed,ǃ? a press release said.
The investigation remains ongoing, Berry said, and may lead to additional charges.
The arrest also has led to an internal affairs investigation into the sergeant’s conduct. Wagner has been on administrative leave since the allegations surfaced on Sept. 12, Berry said.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Manchester Police Department Investigative Services Section and was overseen by the Chief State’s Attorneyǃ’s office in Rocky Hill, Berry said.
Wagner, a 10-year veteran of the Manchester Police Department, was a community relations officer before her recent promotion to sergeant.
Wagner also used to supervise the Police Explorers, a program for youths who want to learn about police work. Wagner was in charge of fundraising and collections for the program.