Former Goodyear officer faces fraud, forgery and theft charges

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By Alicia Barron By Alicia Barron

GOODYEAR, Ariz. – A former Goodyear police officer has been indicted on charges including theft, forgery and fraud.

David Bryant was hired by the Goodyear Police Department in 2001. He was promoted to sergeant in 2009 and received the Medal of Valor for his actions in an officer-involved shooting three years ago.

Bryant’s supervisors received information in late 2010 that the suspect may have directed a group of officers to falsify their pay sheets. He was their supervisor at the time and some officers reported the five-hour discrepancy.

A formal inquiry was launched that revealed Bryant had falsified pay sheets for several months during the course of 2010, which cost the city more than $13,000.

“We are held to the highest of standards by our profession; our citizens expect and deserve this,” Police Chief Mark Brown says. “These inquiries and resulting actions are examples of us holding ourselves accountable to the public we serve and people with whom we serve.”

Bryant was placed on administrative leave on Jan. 10. He resigned Feb. 2 prior to being terminated. His police officer certification will also be revoked.

Bryant faces 17 counts of felony theft, forgery and fraud.