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Cop shirks duty, fakes documents

Date Posted: 2006-04-21

A policeman called ‘lazy’ by his superiors has been suspended for falsifying traffic accident investigations.

The 31-year-old policeman based at the Okinawa City police station is charged with faking and forging hundreds of documents and transcripts involving 14 cases he was supposed to be investigating. “He wrote the paperwork,” said an investigator, “that the investigation was like this, and like that, even though there was no investigation by him.” The policeman wrote fake reports saying “the driver said this, or said that,” when in actuality the interviews never took place.

The fraud was uncovered when a driver charged in one case denied the report. “I didn’t say anything like that,” he said. “I didn’t get any investigation, so why does the paperwork say I did something wrong?” Investigation shows that the forgeries took place in more than a dozen cases.

Normally, a policeman conducts an investigation following a traffic accident, then submits the documents to his boss for signature. After that, the paperwork goes to the public prosecutor’s office, where a decision is made on what action to pursue. In this case, the police say, the policeman did not do his job.

“He was lazy. He didn’t take care of the paperwork.”

The policeman has been transferred from Okinawa City to the Prefecture Police Headquarters, where investigation continues. Officials even found a document remaining in the cop’s old desk in his old office.

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