Former Police Commander Falsified DUI Arrests to Obtain Grants

Former Des Plaines police commander, Timothy Veit, accused of falsely inflating DUI arrests to obtain federal grant money, has plead guilty to a lesser charge. Veit was charged with a felony count of making false statements and faced a maximum 5 year prison sentence. He ultimately plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge involving embezzlement and theft of public money.

Veit was accused of padding DUI arrests by 122 and falsifying BAC results in conjunction with those arrests according to a written plea agreement. The increased number of arrests allowed the Des Plaines police department to receive almost $184,000 in grants from the Sustained Traffic Enforcement Program funded by the Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. According to federal authorities, Veit personally received approximately $32,000 in overtime from the grant program. He retired from the department in 2012 after 31 years of service.

As a result of the plea, Veit must repay the overtime to IDOT. In addition, both parties agreed to a six month prison sentence and 200 hours of community service. Sentencing is scheduled for October 2.

Former police commander padded DUI arrests to obtain grants, www.chicagotribune.com, June 4, 2014

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