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updated: 2/8/2013 7:48 AM

NW Ind. police officer indicted in payroll scheme

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HAMMOND, Ind. -- A northwestern Indiana police officer has been indicted on fraud charges alleging that he orchestrated a ghost payrolling scheme.

Forty-two-year-old Robert Aponte faces 12 fraud charges for allegedly submitting time sheets that falsely overstated the hours the East Chicago police office worked between January 2009 and September 2011.

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The Times of Munster reports that court documents state that Aponte received $3,744 as part of the alleged scheme.

East Chicago Police Chief Mark Becker says "it's never good to see a police officer's name on a federal indictment." Aponte is an 18-year veteran of the department.

He may be reassigned pending the outcome of the federal case.

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