Earlier this week, Officer Jeffrey Lynn Harper of Las Vegas was charged with several crimes related to burning a “four-wheeler” and trailer in an attempt to collect money from the insurance policies covering the vehicles.
Officer Harper, who is described as a “decorated veteran” of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department, had left the trailer, with the ATV inside, on a state highway outside of Pahrump, which is just outside of Las Vegas.
His lawyer maintains that he didn’t set the fire, but had gotten a flat on the trailer and went into Pahrump to get it repaired. According to the lawyer, he came back to find firefighters extinguishing the trailer.
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However, investigators with the Clark County Fire Department determined that the LVMPD K-9 officer had actually set the fire himself.
Via the Las Vegas Review Journal:
A decorated veteran Metro officer is facing several felonies after authorities said he set fire to a trailer and four-wheeler in order to collect insurance money, according to the Nevada attorney general’s office.
Jeffrey Lynn Harper, 38, was charged with one count of theft, one count of burning of property with intent to defraud an insurer, one count of attempted theft, two counts of insurance fraud, and one count of third-degree arson.
Fire officials determined that Harper set fire to his $45,000 2014 Keystone Fuzion “toy hauler” in January while his $6,000 2015 Razor 90 four-wheeler was inside, according to prosecutors.
“My office is committed to safeguarding the integrity of the insurance system and protecting Nevada’s consumers from increased premiums,” Attorney General Adam Laxalt said in a news release. “This attempt to defraud an insurance company is particularly troubling because it was allegedly committed by a person tasked with enforcing laws and protecting the public.”
That is pretty troubling, even though we all know the part about the police “protecting and serving” is generally a farce anyway. Not particularly surprising or even all that unique, but troubling nonetheless.
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