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Sheriff: Officer Gave Up 19-Year Career for $200

Sheriff: Officer Gave Up 19-Year Career for $200

Lakeland Police Officer Troy Young.

The Ledger via YellowBrix

January 26, 2010

Shakespeare took a lump-sum payout of about $17 million after winning the lottery in 2007.

Moore has told The Ledger she helped Shakespeare disappear at his request. She said he was trying to get away from people who were constantly pestering him for money.

Young isn’t the only one negatively impacted by his arrest, Judd said. “It’s one more chip of wood on the stack for DeeDee Moore.”

There are two emotional events that police departments have to endure, Chief Boatner said.

“Lakeland police in the last 10 days have been involved with both of them: the death of a police officer and the arrest of a police officer.”

Officer Charlie Dallas died Jan. 18 in a car accident.

He said Young’s actions will be debated by the police department, by people and in court.

As those conversations unfold, Boatner said, “We have 225 sworn officers who do good work every day. I hope people don’t forget that.”

Young, who has been with LPD since 1990, was suspended with pay Jan. 8 when Lakeland Police supervisors learned he was under investigation by the Sheriff’s Department.

In nearly 20 years with the department, Young, whose salary is $57,990 per year, had never been suspended.

He had been warned or had received counseling for personnel issues on five occasions, his file shows. Three of those five times were for vehicle operation.

Young has earned 16 awards and commendations during that same time.

[ Ledger reporter Jeremy Maready contributed to this report. Rick Rousos can be reached at rick.rousos@theledger.com or 863-802-7514.]LAKELAND | A Lakeland police officer was accused Monday of checking license plate numbers for a woman connected to missing Lotto millionaire Abraham Shakespeare.

Polk County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested Troy McKay Young, 42, on charges of unlawful compensation, which is a felony, and misuse of confidential information, a misdemeanor.

“For a check of $200 and a plane ticket for his daughter, he gave up a 19-year career with the Lakeland Police Department,” Polk Sheriff Grady Judd said Monday.

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    Philj

    about 4 years ago

    72 Comments

    I guess he needed something to hold the dougnut while he had both hands on the wheel

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    Boomervet

    about 4 years ago

    126 Comments

    Does one bonehead move negate all the good he has done?

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    canemah

    about 4 years ago

    136 Comments

    I read a phrase yesterday that fits this to a "T".
    You can choose your actions, but you can't choose the consequences. Maybe if MR. Young had thought of this, he'd still have a job and self respect. The rest of you guys stay safe out there.

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    Andrada

    about 4 years ago

    24 Comments

    $200 and a plane ticket was not his motive for sure. What was he's real motive than?

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    gardenanightrider

    about 4 years ago

    200 Comments

    bookem danno

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    HV7R201

    about 4 years ago

    18 Comments

    Why???

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    fsa0033

    about 4 years ago

    324 Comments

    So close to being honored as a retired officer and he gets greedy and dishonest. Shame. This doesn't dissuade me from being grateful to all the other officers doing their duty and providing service to my family every day. Thanks guys.

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    Silent_Observer

    about 4 years ago

    446 Comments

    I doubt it was just $200. What are the odds that this was the first time?

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    larrydh1

    about 4 years ago

    114 Comments

    Actually money is not the root of all evil. If it is, then why are we working so hard to get it? The actual scripture reads "For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil." 1 Tim 6:10 NIV. The main issue that this officer has disgraced the other members of his department and every other law enforcement agency. Put the smackdown on him and throw in jail and let him there.

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    pbulone

    about 4 years ago

    90 Comments

    Hate to be negative and non supportive but let all of us not act dumb. A 19 year veteran of the Sheriff's Office...come on....this guy has taken money before. Only this time, he got caught. He deserves whatever he gets and his pension should be the first thing taken away. This guy makes ALL COPS look bad.

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    pbulone

    about 4 years ago

    90 Comments

    Hate to be negative and non supportive but let all of us not act dumb. A 19 year veteran of the Sheriff's Office...come on....this guy has taken money before. Only this time, he got caught. He deserves whatever he gets and his pension should be the first thing taken away. This guy makes ALL COPS look bad.

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    Billmc972

    about 4 years ago

    58 Comments

    If this is found true it puts a black eye on honest officer's who are out doing the job they are paid for.
    I am a 30 year retired police officer from Ft Lauderdale Fl,and I have to much pride in my profession and my fellow officer's to make stupid mistakes like the one he did. If he is found guilty he deserved the punishment he gets.

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    edriley39

    about 4 years ago

    20 Comments

    Money is the Root of all evil !!! And Stupid shit tends to follow!

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    archi

    about 4 years ago

    50 Comments

    Henry1971, that is the excess used in Mexico from those thieving bastards. I and the other million honest cops out there don't do this job, put up with all the bullshit, false complaints and dealing with the death and violence for the money, or to try to make money, we do it because this is what we are. Every now-and-then someone gets in that does not have any business wearing a badge and being entrusted with the honor of being able to say, “I'm a cop.” But like all worthless turds in a toilet they always float to the surface. Takes some longer than others, but they all turn up sooner or later. I only hope this disgrace get the maximum time in prison.

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    bluebrother

    about 4 years ago

    768 Comments

    Caught up in the hype he made the choice to be used. Shame on him and the tarnish he spilled on his shield, and his betrayal of the oath. Do the deed, reap the reward.

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