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Jury finds former officer innocent in 2016 theft


Posted 1/16/18 (Tue)

Jury finds former officer innocent in 2016 theft

By Marcus W. Leyton
A jury last week found former Tioga police officer Monique Lopez innocent of theft charges stemming from an unauthorized money transfer in July 2016. Lopez was accused of transferring $5,300 from the Tioga police evidence account to her own bank account.

“It’s the right verdict,” said Defense Attorney Tom Slorby, following the trial. “In this case innocence was proven.  You see what happens when they (state investigators) get tunnel vision.”

The prosecution’s case, led by Divide County Attorney Seymour Jordan, rested largely on information found through search warrants executed at the Bank of Tioga and the Information Technology department with the State of North Dakota.

Slorby said the state did not prove its case because they never searched the police department themselves.

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