Former Radford Police Department employee convicted of malfeasance

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RADFORD, Va. (WFXR) — A former employee of the Radford City Police Department was convicted on Friday for malfeasance in public office.

According to officials, the department became aware of a discrepancy in funds stored as criminal evidence in the department’s custody in September 2020.

Radford Police Chief Jeff Dodson immediately initiated a full inventory of the evidence room, a review of all associated records, and an internal investigation, leading to the discovery of other questionable transactions from cases ranging from 2017 to 2019.

By October 2020, a former employee was identified in connection with the financial discrepancies, at which point Dodson requested the Virginia State Police Bureau of Criminal Investigation’s Salem Field Office conduct an independent criminal investigation.

Once the State Police investigation was complete, the department says the findings were turned over to the special prosecutor for the case.

On Friday, June 11, police say 52-year-old Robert Andrew Wilburn of Ripplemead was charged and pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of malfeasance in public office. In addition, he paid $2,418.25 in restitution to the City of Radford.

According to authorities, Wilburn retired as a lieutenant from the Radford Police Department in late 2019.

“The Radford City Police Department, as a long accredited agency, has zero tolerance of any malfeasance of office, especially when committed by a former employee,” Dodson said. “Situations like this can endanger public trust, but I want to assure our residents that this was an isolated incident and it was the very policies in place that helped us to effectively identify and fully address the evidential discrepancies. The Radford City Police Department is committed to providing the highest level of public safety and service to our city.”

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