Officer Steven McChesney is accused of padding his time cards and claiming time that he did not work, something the police department says he did that over a two-year period.
He is charged with three counts of Obtaining Money by False Pretenses, which is considered larceny and is punished the same way theft would be. Two charges are in excess of $500, one charge is in excess of $200.
If he’s found guilty on all charges, he could face up to 41 years behind bars. Roanoke County police say he is currently out on a $2,500 unsecured bond after being arrested Tuesday afternoon.
“For people who don’t know, false pretense is really just another word for fraud or theft,” said Dr. Tod Burke, a criminal justice expert.
He explains that anything under 500-dollars counts as petit larceny, a Class I misdemeanor.
Anything over 500-dollars?
“Then we’re talking about grand larceny, which is a felony which is pretty serious,” he said.
He says McChesney will be the subject of two investigations: one legal, one departmental.
He says either one could cut short his career, which went from 2013-2015 and started again in 2016.
“But let’s say that the officer is found not guilty in a court of law – he still may have violated departmental policy and could face departmental sanctions, which include anything from a warning to termination,” he said.
Mcchesney’s arrest warrant was not available Wednesday, and there was no response to a knock on the door of the address on file.
The case is being handled by the Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney, who declined comment. As of Wednesday night, a court date hasn’t been set.