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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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    Kath

    over 4 years ago

    1812 Comments

    What a dip $hyte!

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    craig0088

    over 4 years ago

    72 Comments

    WHAT A SCHMUCK!

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    Irishcop1961

    over 4 years ago

    50288 Comments

    Stupid, just plain stupid.

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    Doctorlako

    over 4 years ago

    980 Comments

    Idiot! Hope it was worth it..

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    WASP7000

    over 4 years ago

    998 Comments

    I don't know, seems worth it.......

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    uncledennis1

    over 4 years ago

    23284 Comments

    Serve the public trust

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    bfriskey

    over 4 years ago

    980 Comments

    Smart money says he probably has arrested people for the exact same offense during his career. Sorry,no excuse for this CRIMINAL..LE takes yet another hit, it's been a bad 6 months my friends. Makes you wonder what other 'secrets' lie in the corners of his world...Bill

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    PETE114

    over 4 years ago

    1396 Comments

    Stupid move. His actions and the actions of other corrupt officers reflect back on us doing the job right.

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    blucas80

    over 4 years ago

    1002 Comments

    Disgusting!!

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    Retleo

    over 4 years ago

    5524 Comments

    Another one bites the dust....when are these guys gonna learn? Thanks for another gut shot and black eye to the LE Community. It makes me sick to read stories like this about our brother/sister officers.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Instead of calling this X-cop a Judas, jackass etc, etc why not feel sorry for him. He threw is career away for something stupid. Somewhere in his career he did something good. He is going to pay for his actions. I wonder how many people who comment here are actually active cops and understand the shit we go through. Remember the things you did when you were a cop when you make a comment. Again he and his family will pay for their actions. I make these statements because I am actually a fifteen year street cop

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    finest3584

    over 4 years ago

    92 Comments

    embarassment to all LEO's.

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    AChiefsWife

    over 4 years ago

    326 Comments

    What a waste of a career. No amount of money is enough to lose everything you have.

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    Anonymous

    over 4 years ago

    Like they say MONEY is the road to all evil at times.

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    DALLASCRANE

    over 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    Sad turn of events for $1000 including the plane tickets. Indeed an expensive lesson for Young and his daughter.

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