Officer facing fraud charges dismissed from force

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A Tucson Police Officer who has been indicted on six counts of fraudulent scheme or practice has been removed from the police force. The investigation of Officer Maria Leon stemmed from improprieties that were discovered during a review of documents relating to tenant occupation of public housing by the city's Housing Management Division.

The results of that investigation were turned over to the Arizona Attorney General's Office in September, after which TPD served Officer Leon with a Notice of Intent to Terminate. On November 18, a termination hearing board upheld the recommendation for the termination of Officer Leon.