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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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  • Sg_max50


    over 5 years ago


    A waste of a good career and for what!?

  • Bodysurfing_max50


    over 5 years ago


    An officer who sullies himself for gain should be regarded with contempt, not pity. His actions show pitiless disregard for his fellows who serve and are in turn shielded by public trust.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    Good freaking grief. I wonder if this is the only shady thing he has done.

    Yeah, thanks for the black eye indeed. Nothing like a little police corruption to put me off my feed.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago

    Not only a disgrace, but to become one so cheaply should add to the penalty!

  • Chris_and_i_in_uniform_max50


    over 5 years ago


    what a bad idea. thanks for the black eye

  • 1984_v_max600_max50


    over 5 years ago


    This woman was being investigated and she had this guy running plates on Sheriff's deputy vehicles to confirm she was being watched. This guy placed these deputie's safety in jeoperdy for his own personal gain. If he is found guilty then he should receive proper prison time and never be in anything remotely related to police work again, including all types of work that even remotely interact with police.

  • 119_1923_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I agree...what else has he done.

  • Zoo_award_thanksgiving_279_max50


    over 5 years ago


    If he did this, imagine what he has already done.!

  • Battering-ram-full_max50


    over 5 years ago


    It is amazing how may articles I post before PL does and their's always gets front page coverage and mine does not. I posted this yesterday! This has 16 hundred views mine has less then 50 its the same story a day sooner go figure! Maybe the site should show case members article in a better way so that the member's who take the time to scout articles can have their work appriciated also. Just my point zero two!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 5 years ago


    That desperate for money, get a second job!!!

  • Spartan_cops_max50


    over 5 years ago


    That's pathetic............

  • 20130324_182454_max50


    over 5 years ago


    I am sorry he did this but not sorry he got caught

  • Carbon_1_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Very bad decision made...That is all I have to say about it!

  • Ribbon_max50


    over 5 years ago


    Big dummy!

  • Steve_mcqueen_max50


    over 5 years ago


    The real stupid thing about this incident is the fact that the "INFORMATION OBTAINED VIA POLICE NETWORKING" is available to the general public if you know where to look. After I was Disability Retired in 1986 , I went to work as an Auto Theft Fraud Investigator for a Local Insurance Company. I was able to acquire pretty much everything as to information via "PUBLIC RECORD CHECKS" that I was able to do with the Police Networking. Excluding Criminal information of course. But anything relating to an individual is Public Record once you know where and how to locate it. Just takes more time then punching it up on the P.D.Computer.

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