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Ex-Howard police union leader admits to stealing nearly $30k

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Local,Crime,Naomi Jagoda

The former president of a union that represents Howard University campus police officers pleaded guilty to stealing nearly $30,000 from the organization he headed.

Kevin Jones, 47, of the District, pleaded guilty to theft from a labor organization Thursday in federal court in Washington.

Jones was the president of the Metropolitan Campus Police Officers Union -- an organization that represents about 140 campus police officers who work at Howard University and Howard University Hospital -- from mid-2007 to mid-2010.

Between June 2007 and June 2010, Jones used a debit card to make 182 ATM withdrawals from the union's bank account. Many of those withdrawals were unauthorized and were not for legitimate union purposes.

He made three unauthorized counter withdrawals from the union's bank account in September and October 2009, totaling $1,400, court documents stated. Additionally, Jones made 222 illegitimate purchases with the union debit card between May 2007 and July 2010.

These transactions included:

» $3,374.37 to the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority

» $1,753.17 for a computer from an Apple Store

» $790 for unpaid traffic tickets in the District

» $460 to a Marriott hotel in Dallas

After a summary of the government's evidence was read in court during Thursday's plea agreement hearing, District Judge John Bates asked Jones whether he had done what prosecutors had alleged.

"I made the withdrawals, yes sir," the defendant replied.

Jones continued to work in public safety at Howard after he was charged. University spokeswoman Kerry-Ann Hamilton said she could not discuss specifics in Jones' case, but told The Washington Examiner that "historically we have separated employees convicted of a crime."

The Examiner was unable to find contact information for the Metropolitan Campus Police Officers Union on Friday.

Because of his conviction, Jones cannot be employed by a labor organization until 13 years after the date of his sentencing or the end of any imprisonment for his conviction, whichever is later.

Jones is scheduled to be sentenced on Feb. 26. He's facing a maximum penalty of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

njagoda@washingtonexaminer.com

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