|UC officer faces felony charges |
|Posted: Thursday, December 22, 2011 9:16 pm |
|Union City police officer Mike Hogg is facing felony charges as a result of an investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation into an August 2010 theft report. |
Hogg was taken into custody by the TBI at the local district attorney’s office Wednesday afternoon and is facing two counts of filing a false report, insurance fraud and theft. The charges were filed following an investigation of a stolen four-wheeler reported by Hogg to the Obion County Sheriff’s Department.
Hogg has been released from duty pending the conclusion of the investigation, according to a news release from Union City Police Chief Joe Garner.
Hogg was jailed at the Weakley County Detention Center in Dresden but was released Wednesday night on his own recognizance, according to Weakley County Sheriff Mike Wilson.
According to TBI agent Mark Reynolds’ arrest warrant, Hogg reported on Aug. 7, 2010, that a four-wheeler was stolen from his residence at 1309 Lookout Drive in the Whispering Hills subdivision west of Union City
“It has been established that said 4-Wheeler was given to a subject by Defendant prior to the stolen report and insurance claim being filed,” the arrest warrant states. “Defendant did see the 4-Wheeler after the report and claim was filed and was aware of the location.”
The warrant continues to claim Hogg obtained a $3,000 warranty claim from Abernathy’s and used the money “to gain a benefit from the gun shop (L&A Firearms).”
“Agents did interview Defendant who gave a false statement to TBI Agents by denying any involvement with the theft hindering the investigation Therefore,” the warrant states.
Hogg has been with the Union City Police Department since June 2007.
“I’m very disappointed that we would have an employee who would get involved in something like this. Of course, it will not be tolerated and we’re doing an investigation on our own,” Garner told The Messenger today.
Attempts to contact the TBI about a court date for Hogg were unsuccessful today. Published in The Messenger 12.22.11