Federal Grand Jury Indicts DPD Senior Corporal Who Headed Dallas Crime Stoppers

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Andrea Grimes
That photo you see at top is Dallas Police Department Senior Corporal Theadora Ross, in the middle, being escorted out of DPD HQ yesterday by FBI agents. Andrea was out there Wednesday morning, but at the time, DPD and the feds refused to comment on Ross's arrest. They promised all would be revealed this morning, once court documents were unsealed following Ross's appearance in U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeff Kaplan's courtroom.

Tanya Eiserer's story suggested Ross would face federal charges for embezzling at least $250,000 from the Dallas Crime Stoppers program. Sure enough: The U.S. Attorney's Office just sent the freshly unsealed court docs, along with the announcement that a federal grand jury has indicted Ross and co-defendant Malva Delley on one count each of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with the crime-tips-for-cash program. They're accused of stealing at least $250,000 from Crime Stoppers.

The indictment and release follow, detailing the charges against the 50-year-old Ross and 36-year-old Delley. If convicted, the two face up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

From the U.S. Attorney's Office press release:
According to the indictment, which was just unsealed, Ross worked at the Dallas Crime Stoppers office from 2003 to May 2010, and headed that office from March 2006 to May 2010. A "tipster" who called the Crime Stoppers office with information would receive a "tip number." The tipster then periodically called the Crime Stoppers office to find out if his information resulted in a reward. Ross, and other law enforcement officers assigned to the office, determined which tips were eligible for a cash reward based on the quality of information the tipster provided and whether the ultimate arrest or indictment of a particular subject was actually related to the tip provided.

Ross selected the tips that would be presented to the NTCC for approval of a cash reward. Once the NTCC gave its approval, the anonymous tipster could call the Crime Stoppers office with his previously assigned tip number and would be provided a tip number and code word. These tip numbers and code words were emailed to JP Morgan Chase Bank. The anonymous tipster was required to present the tip number and code word, in person, at Chase Bank, to collect his reward.

The indictment alleges, however, that as part of their scheme, Ross sent JP Morgan Chase Bank the Crime Stoppers cash reward list that included both legitimate code words as well as tip numbers and code words for tips that Ross had altered. Ross gave Delley the bogus tip information, including tip numbers and code words necessary to collect the rewards. After Delley presented the bogus tip numbers and code words to a bank teller at JP Morgan Chase and collected the reward, she would divide the cash, per Ross's instruction, with Ross, by either depositing it into Ross's personal bank account or by giving cash directly to Ross.

From February 2005 through May 2010, the conspirators collected at least $250,000 in cash rewards for bogus tips, resulting in a loss to the North Texas Crime Commission. However, no false arrests were made based on Ross's actions.
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Update at 2:24 p.m.: DPD has sent a statement concerning the arrest of Ross, a 26-year veteran of the department. After reiterating the charges made in the indictment, the statement offers: "Although no one was arrested, charged, or prosecuted because of the purported acts of the officer, the Dallas Police Department views her suspected activity as a major breach of public trust and fully supports the investigation of the incident and, given the investigation's findings, follow-up prosecution. Now that the arrest has been made, an administrative investigation into the officer's conduct has begun as well."
FORMER HEAD OF DALLAS CRIME STOPPERS OFFICE INDICTED

Defendants Collected at Least $250,000 in Cash Rewards for Bogus Tips

DALLAS -- A federal grand jury in Dallas has indicted Dallas Police Department Senior Corporal Theadora Ross and co-defendant Malva R. Delley each on one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud in connection with the Dallas Crime Stoppers program, announced U.S. Attorney James T. Jacks of the Northern District of Texas. Ross, 50, of Rowlett, Texas, was arrested midday yesterday and appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jeff Kaplan late in the afternoon. She was released on bond. Delley, 36, is a Dallas resident.

The Crime Stoppers program is a nationwide program that offers cash rewards for information from anonymous callers that leads to the arrest and indictment of criminals. The program guarantees the anonymity of callers to promote a positive atmosphere without the prospect of retribution. The Dallas Crime Stoppers office is funded by the North Texas Crime Commission (NTCC), fines levied by the Dallas and Collin County courts, private donations and fund raising. The office is staffed by officers of the Dallas Police Department and deputies of the Dallas County Sheriff's Office.

According to the indictment, which was just unsealed, Ross worked at the Dallas Crime Stoppers office from 2003 to May 2010, and headed that office from March 2006 to May 2010. A "tipster" who called the Crime Stoppers office with information would receive a "tip number." The tipster then periodically called the Crime Stoppers office to find out if his information resulted in a reward. Ross, and other law enforcement officers assigned to the office, determined which tips were eligible for a cash reward based on the quality of information the tipster provided and whether the ultimate arrest or indictment of a particular subject was actually related to the tip provided.

Ross selected the tips that would be presented to the NTCC for approval of a cash reward. Once the NTCC gave its approval, the anonymous tipster could call the Crime Stoppers office with his previously assigned tip number and would be provided a tip number and code word. These tip numbers and code words were emailed to JP Morgan Chase Bank. The anonymous tipster was required to present the tip number and code word, in person, at Chase Bank, to collect his reward.

The indictment alleges, however, that as part of their scheme, Ross sent JP Morgan Chase Bank the Crime Stoppers cash reward list that included both legitimate code words as well as tip numbers and code words for tips that Ross had altered. Ross gave Delley the bogus tip information, including tip numbers and code words necessary to collect the rewards. After Delley presented the bogus tip numbers and code words to a bank teller at JP Morgan Chase and collected the reward, she would divide the cash, per Ross's instruction, with Ross, by either depositing it into Ross's personal bank account or by giving cash directly to Ross.

From February 2005 through May 2010, the conspirators collected at least $250,000 in cash rewards for bogus tips, resulting in a loss to the North Texas Crime Commission. However, no false arrests were made based on Ross's actions.

An indictment is an accusation by a federal grand jury and a defendant is entitled to the presumption of innocence unless proven guilty. However, if convicted, Ross and Delley each face a maximum statutory sentence of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. Restitution could also be ordered.

The case is being investigated by the FBI and Dallas Police Department - Public Integrity Unit and prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys Errin Martin and Rick Calvert.
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popoffjaw
popoffjaw

She was funneling the money to a new program, " CRIME STARTERS"

annette
annette

lock her black ass up, how stupid ,crime doesnt pay

Bubba Baruch
Bubba Baruch

They did it for the children....ties to Michele Obama? Republic of New Africa.. sounds like a hate crime to me.

Sokoyah
Sokoyah

This is disgraceful on so many levels but the fact that she is a black pfficer doing this annoys me the most. I remember when there were practically no bllacks on the force and certainly no women. Given opportunities to do something great and set a positive example, and you pull a stunt like this? It's like pooping in the face of history that represents an entire people.

What a shame!

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XAnimal XPlanet

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anonymous
anonymous

More bad police in Dallas.......say it ain't so! Dallas' Finest.

Helpyourfellowman
Helpyourfellowman

No surprise here.

I, myself, went to Internal Affairs to report a crime on a DPD Officer ,who held me at gunpoint, threatening homicide and suicide. He took steroids, illegally from Mexico (saw the shipped box) He had a roid-rage. And, OF COURSE, DPD did not render aid, they threatened me! (not kidding).

DPD: I WOULD ABSOLUTELY LOVE TO TAKE A POLYGRAPH, I WILL EVEN COVER ALL EXPENSES FOR ALL INVOLVED, INCLUDING MYSELF. I LIVE FOR THE DAY WHEN YOU WOULD ALLOW ME A POLYGRAPH. IT WILL NEVER HAPPEN, AS YOU ALL ARE DIRTY CRIMINALS.However folks, God works in mysterious ways, and now the DPD Perp is off duty, due to self-inflicted injury, related to steroid use. I love the irony:)

Justice is served by God, not Evil.

Helpyourfellowman
Helpyourfellowman

Meant to say, Public Integrity...I guess the linguistics of it made me incapable of even saying those two words, hilarious and outrageous, all in one.

Life is amazing and beautiful, let's all be thankful we are not living, dating, or associating with police. You don't want to go there! ROFL

geral sosbee
geral sosbee

Excellent Posts; thank you from my heart.geral sosbeehttp://www.sosbeevfbi.com/worl...

Helpyourfellowman
Helpyourfellowman

I appreciate that! Most are too cowardly to stand up to them, I have no more fear. I would much rather take my chances telling my truthful story, then to hide.My intent is not to promote hate, but to provide the public with my true, personal story in hopes of helping others. Yet, the corruption continues to happen and this frustrates me. No one will stand up for what is right!

Compassion leads to mind progression. Consider the source, most of them are ignorant, all by CHOICE!

I say, BRING IT !! NO FEAR. ;)

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

Hello Ms. FBI lady, is that a big black gun near your pocket..or are you just happy to see me? (melikeylongtime)Big Bob, nice photoshop of the Observer stand in the background. But tell the Photog, I'd like to see Agent 00fine's shoes next time.

KeithM
KeithM

She may have been able to escape detection for so long because the awards paid to tipsters were likely in small amounts--$1K or so. Thus, a legitimate tipster, wishing to stay anonymous, might be reluctant to go the trouble of "appealing" a rejected award (that was collected fraudulently by her accomplice).

geral sosbee
geral sosbee

The mention of the words "public integrity" are out of place when the homicidal sociopaths of the fbi and the Dallas police are involved.

The Federal Burro of Investigation (fbi) is a criminal mobster group that must be controlled.

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Eyes in the Sky
Eyes in the Sky

Gerel, you know they are monitoring this and coming for you next don't you?

Anonymousanonymous
Anonymousanonymous

Look, chicken-boy, educate yourself. And, have some f*cking respect for those who have been traumatized from police brutality, and care enough to raise awareness, at our own God d*amn expense. You would not know a risk if it slapped you in the d*ck. Also, learn to show some respect for Vietnam Vets, in general.

Everyone else, enjoy your day:)

geral sosbee
geral sosbee

...and your name & PHOTO, little fool. Thank you kindly.Or if you prefer call me and unload your misguided, ignorant and dangerous contempt to me directly.geral sosbee (956)536-0439

Guest
Guest

Will the person who turned her in get a Crimestoppers reward?

Bill Dill
Bill Dill

It's a sad thing, but typical when certain types of peeps are given certain positions. *cough* Don Hill, etc.

Nunya
Nunya

No need to cough. Just go ahead and say black people, cause that's what you meant, right??

Doug
Doug

Was someone at Chase in on this too? Wouldn't someone at Chase have noticed when the same person kept showing up to claim tip money?

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

Does this mean they'll have to rename the program:

Crime Perpetrators?

Byter
Byter

Hey the blond FBI agent! Isn't that the lady from "Chase"?

five years
five years

It will be interesting to find out how the FBI was finally 'tipped off' about this case.

Grumpy Demo
Grumpy Demo

According the the Dallas Morning Pravda, it was simple she was stupid. She took someone else's reward, they reported it to the bank which then put a watch on the account.

I find it unbelievable that she could steal a quarter of a million dollars before anyone notice? Shows there a serious, serious problems the the DPS's internal account and business policies.

Didn't most the theft occur while Kunkle was Chief, not a good sign for a future mayor.

ReverendVelvet
ReverendVelvet

$250k over 5 years is easy to keep under the radar within a multi-million dollar budget. It's only when they get greedy or stupid their scheme is uncovered.

Byter
Byter

Two words Disgruntled Lover.

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