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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

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.

Young was booked into the Polk County Jail on Monday and was released on $5,500 bail. He did not return phone messages left by The Ledger.

Lakeland police Chief Roger Boatner said Young will remain on paid suspension until the department finishes an internal review.

Investigators say Young provided Dorice “DeeDee” Moore of Lakeland with information obtained through law enforcement data bases and that he was paid for the information.

Young admitted he had given Moore information about the identities of vehicle owners after she provided him with tag numbers, PCSO detectives say.

Moore is considered a “person of interest” in the ongoing investigation of Abraham Shakespeare’s disappearance.

According to Young’s arrest report, in December a detective searched Moore’s cell phone, with permission, and found “Troy Young” text messages with Moore’s asking Young to run license tags.

Once, Moore specifically asked, “Check if this is a cop,” the arrest report said.

In that text message asking about a police car, Judd said Moore was asking specifically about a sheriff’s undercover vehicle. “She was off by one digit,” Judd said.

The report said Young admitted being given a plane ticket for his daughter’s use.

The ticket was a Texas-to-Florida round trip, Judd said. He said Moore also gave Young a $200 check.

The ticket was to pay for Young’s checking several tags and for other services. The report said Young did things for Moore such as giving her advice about legal questions and witnessing her opening a safe deposit box.

Shakespeare was reported missing by a family member in November. Investigators said his family and friends told them they hadn’t seen or heard from him since April.

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  • 47841103e_max50


    over 4 years ago


    It's a shame a lapse in judgment caused him to lose 19 yrs of service, pension, bennies, etc.

  • Poker_night_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I bet he has been a sell out for a LONG time

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    the sad part is, if paid the military and LEO what they deserved this type of stuff would never happen

  • 1_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Exactly, this is just the one he got caught at! Who knows how long he's been selling out?

  • Dscf1455_max50


    over 4 years ago


    It's just like a DUI. How many times did he get away with it before he got caught? It's sad that someone would throw away a career like this. It's too bad for the Lakeland PD.

  • 018_max50


    over 4 years ago


    There's probably more to this story than has been made public. I can't see someone throwing a career away like this for a pittance. it's a sad situation at best but why hasn't anyone been asking questions about the other parties reasons for involving this officer in the first place? Very puzzling..

  • Flowers_20_234__max50


    over 4 years ago


    Greed almost always wins....Ya gotta ask yourself, is it worth it? Apparently, Ofr Young did not

  • Shields_police_max50


    over 4 years ago


    I feel sorry for the Lakeland PD. It sounds like its going to be a rough time for them. Best of luck to them all.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago

    I mean its one thing to give info from NCIC or from a local DOT computer desk, but to get paid for it, come on. Not that either is legal or should be practiced. Here the Dispatcher can only access the data with a badge number(which she has not because she is a civilian) like when she is running a 27-29 check, the officer commencing the traffic stop needs to give his number to access the information. This is all recorded in the system.

  • 100_7432_max50


    over 4 years ago


    We all make mistakes - but as representatives of the law we all know right from wrong. And that was wrong. VERY wrong.

  • Lakewood_pd_max50


    over 4 years ago


    M O R O N ! ! ! !

  • Img_0103_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Well said "chiefmillan"..!! Well said indeed sir..!!

  • Img_0103_max50


    over 4 years ago


    As far as "ABBA147" I think it best not to Post on such matters when your intent is only to ajitate and talk "Troll"....

  • Img_0103_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Unfortunately this becomes another blackeye for us in the great fraternity of the badge. It is a sad moment for this Deputy and his Dept...

  • Cot_max50


    over 4 years ago


    ABBA147 .... yeah i can see by your comments in this article and, , that you have done well in your "fifteen year street cop" career and cant get verified in your 6 months here. before making such a large claim, its probably a good start.

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