Ex-CPD officer Millan out on bond; awaits arrangment hearing

By ALLEN MINCEY Staff Writer
Posted 7/10/17

Edwin Millan, the former Cleveland Police officer who was convicted in October in relation to charges stemming from the arson-involved burning of a vehicle in North Georgia, returned to Bradley …

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Ex-CPD officer Millan out on bond; awaits arrangment hearing

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Edwin Millan, the former Cleveland Police officer who was convicted in October in relation to charges stemming from the arson-involved burning of a vehicle in North Georgia, returned to Bradley County Criminal Court Friday.

According to court reports, he was returned to the Bradley County Justice Center by the Tennessee Department of Corrections. He had been found guilty on three counts relating to the burned-out vehicle found in Murray County, Ga.

The former officer had been indicted on five counts — insurance fraud over $1,000, filing a false police report, tampering with evidence, official misconduct and conspiracy to commit insurance fraud over $1,000, court records showed.

The official misconduct and insurance fraud over $1,000, were dropped, and Millan was sentenced in January to three years in TDOC custody and a combined fine of $20,000, the largest of those fines being $10,000 for tampering with evidence.

Millan was identified through an investigation as the person involved in the burning of his vehicle, reports stated, on which he filed a false theft and arson report, and filed a claim on the loss to his insurance concerning the vehicle.

He reportedly also filed a false report on what was claimed to be a stolen motorcycle.

The indictment against Millan alleged that he “did unlawfully and knowing that an investigation or official proceeding was pending or in progress, alter, destroy or conceal any record, document or thing, with intent to impair its verity, legibility or availability as evidence in the investigation or official proceeding."

He was found guilty of the September 2015 incident last October, and sentenced Jan. 18, 2017.

Court records noted that Millan was in court Friday to face three charges — conspiracy to commit insurance fraud ($1,000 to $10,000) insurance fraud ($1,000 to $60,000) and filing false reports.

Tenth Judicial District Attorney General Steve Crump said this morning that Millan had been paroled from his conviction, and the case now is set for the fall.

Millan, who is represented by attorney Steven Hatchett, was able to be bonded out on his own recognizance, and faces a Nov. 6 plea or assignment hearing in Bradley County Criminal Court. He had previously been given a $20,000 bond.

Millan had been dismissed from the Cleveland Police Department by Chief Mark Gibson after he was identified by the Tennessee Highway Patrol as the person involved in the motorcycle theft and filing a false theft report, as well as his involvement in the burning of his vehicle. Gibson said that the severity of the charges, plus evidence gather about the case, led him to terminate Millan’s employment by the police department.

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