Charleston Police Double-dipping Investigation

By: Jennifer Cottrill Email
By: Jennifer Cottrill Email

A Charleston police lieutenant is on administrative leave and published reports claim it’s the result of a double-dipping investigation.

This comes just months after another former officer on the department was found guilty on similar charges.

Charleston’s police chief is not confirming there’s a definite connection between the two.

Lt. James Sands was put on leave last Thursday and he’s been alleged of double-dipping. Police Detective James “Chip” Nowling was found guilty of double-dipping.

A jury found he worked nearly 2,000 hours at the mall and local bank while he was on duty for the city. The verdict is a direct result of an internal investigation by the city.

"We realize there are other allegations of individuals that may have double-dipped and that's what we're trying to find out," Mayor Danny Jones said.

Lt. James Sands is one of those individuals and according to published reports; he allegedly worked more than 200 conflicted hours. This week Charleston’s police chief won’t confirm or deny.

"I can confirm he's on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation, but I can't tell you what it's for," Charleston Police Chief Brent Webster said.

This high-ranking officer is on leave from the department while there is discussion of double-dipping surfaces about his suspension.

Lt. Sands has worked for the Charleston police department for more than 15 years. In fact, he’s only three years away from retirement. Sands is also nest in line to be promoted to captain.

Mayor Jones said he couldn't’t comment about a particular person, but he did tell me this investigation is far from over.

Mayor Jones also said any current officer who is indicted on double-dipping was supposed to be sentenced later this week, but that has been delayed.

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