Officer Charged Following Fraud Investigation

9/23/2021

Charlotte, N.C. – (Thursday, September 23, 2021)- Detectives with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department have charged CMPD Officer Lawrence Guiler with eight counts of Obtaining Property by False Pretenses, which is a Class H felony.

Last month, businesses where Officer Guiler was employed in a Secondary Employment capacity identified irregularities in the invoices for compensation that had been submitted by Guiler. The Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department's Secondary Employment Office and Internal Affairs were notified of the concerns and CMPD immediately launched both criminal and internal investigations. 

Evidence and information gathered during the investigation revealed that Officer  Guiler submitted invoices for payment to private businesses for dollar amounts in excess of what he was due on more than one occasion. Further investigation into Officer Guiler's Secondary Employment activity revealed multiple dates that he received compensation from a business for work he did not perform. The incidents occurred between March and August of 2021. Guiler was arrested this afternoon and transported to the Mecklenburg County Jail.

Lawrence Guiler was hired by the CMPD on July 22, 2013. He was assigned as a patrol officer in the Providence Division and has been placed on unpaid administrative leave. 

Chief Jennings statement: "Officers with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department are expected to conduct themselves to the highest professional standards and will be held accountable when they fail to do so.  At no time will this department allow behavior that violates the law or community trust."

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