BR officer arrested for falsifying records
Baton Rouge- A police officer in Baton Rouge accused of falsifying records, has been arrested.
This is the second time in less than two months that Derek Burns has been accused of injuring public records, forgery and malfeasance in office.
Burns was arrested and booked back in September into East Baton Rouge Parish Prison on four counts each of injuring public records, forgery and malfeasance in office.
Wednesday's arrest brings the number of misdemeanor summonses the officer is accused of falsifying to five.
Police administrators wouldn't speculate why Burns allegedly wrote the bogus summonses. However, officers are often paid overtime to appear in court for the summonses that they write.
Burns issued the four false summonses between June 6 and July 26 to three people without their knowledge, an arrest warrant said.
The police officer forged the victims' signatures on the summonses, the warrant said.
The victims told investigators they had never come into contact with Burns and never signed the misdemeanor summonses, the warrant said.
The summonses were sent to a certified forensic document examiner, who concluded all four signatures were written by Burns, the warrant said.
During the Police Department's subsequent investigation, investigators found that on March 21 Burns falsified another misdemeanor summons, a warrant says.
The victim told investigators he never came into contact with Burns nor did he received a summons from the officer, the warrant says. The victim also told investigators that the signature on the summons was not his.
The officer, who joined the Police Department in 2006 and is assigned to its prison transport division, is on paid administrative leave, pending an internal investigation into the matter.