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Drug Task Force Commander Charged with Falsifying Timecards, Spending Work Hours On Facebook

The commander of the Brown-Lyon-Redwood-Renville Drug Task Force has been accused of falsifying his timecard reports and attending to his personal business while pretending to be on the job.

Jeffrey Michael Morris, who was also a Renville County deputy, was charged in Renville County Court with two counts of felony theft by swindle.  Morris, who is 40-year-old, and lives in Hutchinson, also faces a charge of misconduct of a public officer, a gross misdemeanor.

According to a criminal complaint, investigators found that there had been no radio contact with his vehicle during the month of February , and many other days that Morris claimed to be working. Also, GPS data from a cellphone that Morris used for personal and work use showed that he often did not leave his home in Hutchinson on days when he claimed to be working.

The complaint says that Morris reported a total of two hundred fourteen hours between August 16, 2019, and January 27, 2020, but actually worked approximately 47 hours, a discrepancy of $7,054.01.  Morris is also accused of asking his supervisors to submit false timecards on his behalf on at least a dozen occasions.

The complaint says Morris was earning $41.89 per hour in 2019, and $43.28 per hour in 2020. His first court appearance is scheduled for Nov 4 at 9 a.m.


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