CROWN POINT | A Gary police officer is expected to be reinstated to her position after charges of ghost employment and theft were dropped against her Monday.
Lake County prosecutors last spring charged Jennifer T. Powell with ghost employment and two counts of theft amid allegations she was being paid for work at different jobs simultaneously. The charges were dismissed Monday.
Defense Attorney Scott King said while Powell worked more than one job — like many police officers and firefighters — there was no evidence she was being paid for one job while working at another one. King said Powell received a letter Friday that she was being reinstated to her full-time job with the Gary Police Department effective immediately and he will make sure she receives back pay for the time she was suspended.
"We think she was treated very poorly," said King.
King said Powell also lost her corrections job at the Lake County Sheriff's Department. In addition to her job with the two law enforcement agencies, Powell also was employed part-time with Jack Gray Transport and also lost that job after the charges were filed, he said. King said they may be pursuing further legal action on Powell's behalf.