Today, a former Metropolitan Police Department officer, David Cephas entered a plea of guilty to three counts of misdemeanor Fraud in the Second Degree relating to his official duties as a police officer in 2008 and 2009.
The charges stem from an internal audit and subsequent internal affairs investigation that began in May of 2009, which ultimately revealed that former Officer Cephas had falsified deployment logs documenting certification times in the deployment of the Department’s mobile photo radar equipment. As a result of his actions, 200 radar citations had to be recalled and fines totaling more than $17,000 had to be refunded. As a part of his plea agreement, the officer agreed to voluntarily resign from the Department and to pay $17,550 in restitution to the District of Columbia. David Cephas was a 22 year veteran of the Department at the time of his resignation in June of 2012. “Once again I want to commend the men and women of the Metropolitan Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division for working diligently to ensure that all of our members uphold the highest standards and integrity,” said Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier. “And for ensuring that the members that do not meet these standards are no longer entrusted to carry our badge.”