A sergeant with the St. Louis Police Department, who was the head of a group that represents black police officers has admitted to stealing over $80,000 from the organization. If the fact that the group this cop stole from is named the “Ethical Society of Police” isn’t ironic enough for you his name is Darren Wilson, although he’s not that Darren Wilson.
Apparently, Sgt. Wilson used all that money to fund his dreams of being an entertainer. Sgt. Heather Taylor, who replaced him as head of the Ethical Society of Police, doesn’t seem to be that amused, though. She even went the incredibly rare route among cops of saying another cop should actually go to jail.
Darren Randal Wilson, 42, used money from the Ethical Society of Police on his side business of promoting local comedy shows “featuring nationally known comedians,” prosecutors said.
The current president, Sgt. Heather Taylor, told the Post-Dispatch outside the courtroom that Wilson looted the building fund and money meant for community service and legal representation.She said the group was forced by Wilson’s theft to downsize.
Asked if Wilson had repaid any of the money, Taylor replied, “Not one cent.”
Taylor said that Wilson was a former professional clown, and said that he behaved as a “clown.”
“He needs to go to jail,” she said.
Wilson is not related to the former Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson, whose shooting of Michael Brown in 2014 drew nationwide attention.
During the plea hearing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Cristian Stevens said that as president, Wilson wrote unauthorized checks and made unauthorized transfers, debit card transactions and cash withdrawals of ESOP funds.The money in the accounts came mostly from member dues, he said.
Under federal guidelines, he faces a possible term of 12 to 18 months in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 12.
As part of the plea, prosecutors agreed to ask for 12 months, Stevens said, and Wilson’s lawyer could ask for less.Wilson began his police career in March 1997.