Charges were filed Wednesday against a former Des Plaines Police Department commander for falsely reporting phony DUI arrests to secure federal funding. Timothy Veit, 55, of Mount Prospect, allegedly overstated 122 DUI arrests that never took place between 2009 and 2012. The increased numbers reportedly resulted in $133,000 of federal overtime grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The program required officers to make one DUI arrest for every 10 hours of Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program (STEP) funding. Des Plaines police only made 30 of these arrests over holidays such as Christmas and St. Patrick’s Day from 2009-2012.
Veit is charged with making false statements, punishable by up to 5 years in jail and a $250,00 fine if convicted. Thirteen Des Plaines police officers face internal discipline as a result of the alleged fraud. Veit was a 31-year veteran and retired last year.
Feds: Des Plaines Police Overstate DUI Arrests To Secure Funding, www.cbslocal.com, February 20, 2013