Madisonville officer accused of lying about hours he worked

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MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) – A Madisonville police officer is under investigation for allegedly lying about the number of hours he worked.

Chief Chris Taylor said Lt. Scott Gipson is accused of falsifying records as far back as 2016.

He was assigned to the FBI’s Safe Streets Task Force based in Hopkinsville.

Chief Taylor said a complaint against Gipson was filed this past October and he was taken off the task force the following month.

Investigators started reviewing records going back to 2016. MPD is responsible for his salary, and the FBI reimburses overtime.

“That situation has a lot of leniency as far as trustworthiness of it whereas with officers here, working in our department, working in our city are always accountable,” Chief Taylor says.

Gipson was removed from the task force last November after police decided more investigating was needed. Kentucky State Police are now investigating. Gipson filed his retirement notice earlier this month, before the investigation was finished.

“He could have submitted for his retirement any time he wanted to. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to get through our investigation once he got that done,” says Chief Taylor. He adds it’s unknown whether any cases he worked were impacted by his alleged actions. Mayor Kevin Cotton says city officials may review their procedures to prevent future incidents.

“We will continue an internal investigation to examine any processes that we feel may need to be revised to prevent any question of time fraud in the future,” he said.

The partnership with the FBI’s task force was suspended until further notice. Chief Taylor also says the department will try to recoup the money they lost as part of this investigation.

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(This story was originally published on January 24, 2020)

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