Retired Maryland Officer Pleads Guilty to Thefts

Of all the motives for corruption by union officials and members, few are more disheartening, or these days common, as the need to cover gambling losses.  Donald Lee Travis, a retired officer with the Frederick, Md. police force, is the latest example.  Travis, 67, pleaded guilty in Frederick County Circuit Court on February 6 to embezzling at least $45,000 from his Fraternal Order of Police lodge to support a slot-machine habit, receiving a suspended five-year sentence.  A 30-year veteran of the force, he admitted he stole from the lodge, which he managed during 2004 and 2005.  He regularly played the slot machines at Charles Town Races and Slots, located in nearby Charles Town, West Virginia, spending around $500 to $600 per trip.  Travis should have bet on the horses – or found something else to do.  (Associated Press, 2/7/07).


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