Former Washington police officer arrestedPublished 5:59pm Tuesday, June 25, 2013
A former Washington Police Department officer was arrested Tuesday and charged with insurance fraud.
Jerry Davis, a former narcotics officer, is accused of conspiring with another man in 2008 to dispose of his truck in Tranter’s Creek then report it stolen, according to officials.
A press release from the Beaufort County Sheriff’s Office said that on July 4, 2008, Davis reported his 2008 Ford F150 pickup truck stolen from his yard, but at the time, investigators developed no leads on the truck’s theft.
In February of this year, the sheriff’s office received information about the location of the stolen truck, said the release. But it was on April 6 that members of the Sidney Dive team found the truck submerged in the water near a boat ramp at Tranters Creek.
On June 24, Investigator Wesley Waters with the sheriff’s office presented the case to the Grand Jury of Beaufort County and indictments were returned charging Davis with two counts of felony insurance fraud and one count of conspiracy to obtain property by false pretenses.
According to officials, the company insuring the truck paid off the truck’s loan.
At the time of the alleged fraud, Davis was employed by the Washington Police Department.
Washington Police Director Stacy Drakeford said Davis was on medical leave for some time before leaving the department in June of 2012.
“It’s a black eye on law enforcement in general,” Drakeford said of the arrest.
Davis was arrested Tuesday afternoon and released on a $15,000 unsecured bond.
An additional arrest in the case is pending, according to the press release.