Police officer abuses office to steal houses
Relevant impacts: Reputational impact and industry impact.
A 56-year-old female police officer took advantage of her position to steal 6 vacant homes by exploiting the law of adverse possession, more commonly known as "squatter’s rights" (legally becoming the owner of a property after continuous possession or occupation of the property without the permission of its legal owner).
The woman used another employee’s Law Enforcement Assistance Program (LEAP) login without his knowledge to unlawfully access information related to vacant properties across Melbourne. She also used her badge to coerce tradesmen into changing locks on the properties.
She pleaded guilty to 9 charges including obtaining property by deception, perjury, and unauthorised access to police information. She was sentenced to 4 years and 6 months in prison.