The former vice chairman of the D.C. police union was arrested over the weekend “on charges of defrauding the D.C. government.”
Medgar Webster, who previously served as vice chairman of the D.C. Police Union, was arrested for fraud after allegedly holding a second job at Whole Foods while in charge of the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.
Webster reportedly earned $33,845 with MPD while he was supposed to be on duty but was instead working at Whole Foods where he earned $45,945 between January 2021 and April 2022.
Webster allegedly worked up to 485 hours at Whole Foods while clocking in for duty at MPD, according to an affidavit.
The former vice chairman of the D.C. police union has been arrested for allegedly moonlighting at Whole Foods. From January 2021-April 2022, 485 of Medgar Webster’s 1,399 hours at the grocery store allegedly overlapped with her MPD shifts. https://t.co/cg2KetUqVa
— Washington City Paper (@wcp) February 6, 2023
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Webster has been formally charged with first-degree felony fraud and faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.
According to DIST:
D.C. officers are able to obtain outside employment according to police regulations, as long as it is authorized and does not “conflict or interfere” with department rules. But the affidavit says MPD never authorized Webster to work at Whole Foods. Additionally, Webster allegedly worked 485 hours at Whole Foods during the same time he reported being on police duty, and about half of those hours were overtime so the department gave him additional funding.
A police spokesman said agents discovered Webster was working a second job during an “inconsistent” time on the clock at MPD. [Internal Affairs Division] Investigate.”
Former DC Police Union Vice Chairman Arrested for Serious Fraud https://t.co/Rm5bdyQnxW
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Webster’s second job came after an investigation revealed that Webster had engaged in “unwanted sexual contact” with a man at the Whole Foods where he worked.
Webster is due in court later this month for a preliminary hearing.