Officer accused of theft

A Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer as­signed to the North­east’s 2nd Dis­trict was ar­res­ted Oct. 17 on charges of re­ceiv­ing stolen prop­erty, theft, of­fi­cial op­pres­sion and ob­struc­tion of justice.

Of­ficer Kev­in Work­man, 47, a 21-year vet­er­an of the de­part­ment, has been sus­pen­ded from work for 30 days, after which he will be fired in ac­cord­ance with de­part­ment policy.

The po­lice de­part­ment’s in­tern­al af­fairs bur­eau and the Phil­adelphia dis­trict at­tor­ney’s of­fice in­vest­ig­ated the case.

Work­man is ac­cused of steal­ing money from a wo­man he was in­vest­ig­at­ing for pan­hand­ling in Septem­ber, dis­trict at­tor­ney’s spokes­wo­man Tasha Jamer­son said in an e-mail to the North­east Times. 

The of­fi­cial-op­pres­sion charge stems from al­leg­a­tions that Work­man used his po­s­i­tion as a po­lice of­fer to co­erce the vic­tim, Jamer­son said.

Work­man is free on $5,000 par­tial un­se­cured bail and was sched­uled for an Oct. 26 pre­lim­in­ary hear­ing. ••

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