FORT WORTH (AP) – A North Texas police officer has been fired after being accused of stealing more than $20,000 from a business bank account to pay his personal bills.
Fort Worth police Chief Jeff Halstead on Wednesday night announced the dismissal of Officer Lovon Ponder Jr. A disciplinary letter says Ponder, who was hired in October 2011, was indefinitely suspended Aug. 23.READ MORE: Irving's MacArthur High School Went On Lockdown Due To 'Possible Threat Of Student With Gun'
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports Ponder, who played football for the University of Miami between 2004 and 2008, has appealed.
Records show Ponder allegedly obtained the routing and account number of a medical supply company after a refund check was mailed to his apartment in a former tenant’s name. An apartment manager became suspicious and contacted police.
No charges were immediately filed. An attorney for Ponder didn’t immediately comment.READ MORE: Burleson Police Officer Joshua Lott Recovering After Being Shot Multiple Times, Suspect In Custody
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