Former CPD officer gets 3 years for fraud, filing false report

Millan’s case involved arson

By ALLEN MINCEY Banner Staff Writer
Posted 1/19/17

Edwin Millan, a former Cleveland Police officer, was sentenced Monday to three years in prison in connection with the arson of a vehicle in Murray County, Ga., in 2015.

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Former CPD officer gets 3 years for fraud, filing false report

Millan’s case involved arson

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Edwin Millan, a former Cleveland Police officer, was sentenced Monday to three years in prison in connection with the arson of a vehicle in Murray County, Ga., in 2015.

Circuit Court Judge Andrew Freiberg imposed the sentence for Millan for insurance fraud over $1,000, filing a false police report, and tampering with evidence.

Millan was found guilty in early October 2015 of those charges in connection with the arson of a motorcycle of a friend, then for burning his own vehicle in Georgia.

Millan was indicted on conspiracy to commit insurance fraud of at least $1,000 in connection with the disappearance of the motorcycle, fraudulent insurance claims of at least $1,000, official misconduct and tampering with evidence to help the motorcycle owner commit fraud.

According to 10th Judicial District Attorney General Steve Crump, two of those charges were dismissed, and Millan was sentenced on the three counts that remained.

Millan was reportedly free on a $20,000 bond. He was represented in court by attorneys John Cavett and Barry Abbott.

Millan was dismissed from the Cleveland Police Department after he was identified through an investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol as the person involved in the motorcycle theft and filing the false report, as well as being involved in the burning of his vehicle in North Georgia. He reportedly filed a false insurance claim dealing with the reported theft of the motorcycle.

After his dismissal, Millan had indicated he was going to appeal the decision by Cleveland Police Chief Mark Gibson. That appeal was denied.

When indicted, Crump said the most serious of the charges was tampering with evidence.

"It's always unfortunate when a public servant is alleged to have used his authority for personal gain," Crump said following the indictments against Millan for the September crimes.

The indictment alleged Millan "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."

Gibson said the severity of the charges, plus evidence gathered about the case, led him to terminate Millan's employment by the police department.

The two counts that were dismissed in criminal court were official misconduct and insurance fraud over $1,000 conspiracy.

The fines against Millan for the crimes, imposed by the jury, were $5,000 each for insurance fraud over $1,000 and filing a false police report, and $10,000 on the tampering with evidence charge.

According to Bradley County Criminal Court records, Millan could have been sentenced to six years for the three crimes for which he was indicted. He still faces arson charges in Murray County.

“We believe the sentence is just and is appropriate, given the nature of the crime,” Crump said. “Assistant District Attorney Emily Petro did an excellent job summarizing the reasons that confinement was a just sentence.

“Chief Gibson very plainly detailed how criminal acts committed by law enforcement in their official capacity harms all law enforcement officers,” the DAG added. “We are blessed to have many honorable law enforcement officers in Cleveland and Bradley County, and the actions of this officer should not reflect on the good work they do every day.”

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