Charges filed against Hobart police officer

2013-02-04T19:46:00Z 2013-02-06T20:27:03Z Charges filed against Hobart police officerDeborah Laverty deborah.laverty@nwi.com, (219) 762-1397, ext. 2223 nwitimes.com

HOBART| A disciplined Hobart police officer cashed $492 in checks not owed to him from a moonlighting job he had at a bowling alley, police said.

Kirk Homoky, 37, was charged Monday with two counts of fraud on a financial institution and one count of theft through Lake County court.

Homoky was relieved of his duties and placed on paid administrative leave on Monday after the charges were filed, Lt. David Grissom said.

The charges against Homoky will be presented Wednesday to the Hobart Board of Public Works which could decide on any future action involving Homoky remaining on the department, Grissom said.

Homoky's attorney, Christopher Cooper, said his first reaction is something just doesn't seem right.

"I don't think this will go very far," Cooper said of the charges filed against his client.

Cooper said it appears to him that this may be the utmost form of retaliation against Homoky by Hobart police including the former chief.

"I'm not blaming the prosecutor's office but the conduct by Hobart police I find questionable," Cooper said.

Police Detective Jeremy Ogden, as part of an ongoing investigation, met with the manager at Stardust Bowl, 3925 E. 81st Ave., court documents indicate.

Dan Barton said Homoky had worked security for him one night between Feb. 18, 2010, and Feb. 24, 2010, for a total of 3 1/2 hours.

Barton said Homoky had picked up or had someone else pick up seven checks he wasn't entitled to receive between March 11, 2010, and April 15, 2010.

Barton then provided bank records that indicated the checks were cashed, court documents indicate.

Once the error was discovered, Barton said he called Homoky but never received a phone call back.

The total amount of money Homoky received was $492.80, Barton told police.

Ogden also spoke to Homoky's former wife, who confirmed she had been asked to pick up the checks for him at Stardust, court documents state.

She said Homoky told her the mistake was Stardust's mistake and not theirs.

The checks had been deposited and cashed at a Harris Bank joint account held by Homoky and his former wife, court documents indicate.

Homoky last month had his badge and service revolver returned to him by interim Police Chief Vance Thompson.

Thompson said Homoky was to remain on duty at the station pending completion of an ongoing investigation involving him.

City officials have previously declined to discuss the investigation.

Homoky was suspended on Nov. 19 by former Police Chief Jeff White, who attempted to fire Homoky from the department, citing insubordination.

White agreed to drop the insubordination charge and concentrate on the internal investigation against Homoky at the Dec. 5 Board of Public Works meeting.

 

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