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MPD officer pleads guilty to scamming elderly woman out of $40,000

- The Washington Times - Monday, August 1, 2011

A Metropolitan Police Department sergeant pleaded guilty Monday to stealing more than $40,000 from an elderly woman whom she met while she was investigating a lottery fraud scam that targeted the woman.

As a result of her pleading guilty to first-degree theft from a senior citizen, Aisha Hackley, 36, is required to pay back the money stolen and resign from the police department. She faces a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison and a fine up to $7,500.

Hackley met the 85-year-old woman when the woman filed a police report in December stating that her bank account had been targeted in a lottery fraud scam. Hackley spoke to investigators with the woman's bank and told them the woman had provided her bank account information to people who made Web-based payments using her account, the plea agreement states. Hackley said she helped the woman in recovering some of the money and opening a new bank account.

Six months later, the woman again contacted her bank to report suspicious checks that had been made from her account to names she did not recognize.

According to an affidavit filed in D.C. Superior Court, 14 checks totaling $40,005 were made out to "Aisha Jackson" and "Kevin Jackson." Investigators said Hackley also went by Aisha Jackson.

Further investigation showed surveillance photos of Hackley depositing the checks into her bank account, an affidavit states. Blank checks from the woman also were found in her home.

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