Indictment alleges McFarland cop misused medical insurance

Indictment alleges McFarland cop misused medical insurance
McFARLAND, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) - A McFarland police officer is the subject of a Grand Jury investigation in Riverside County. Officer Allen Eley, 31, allegedly misused his medical insurance while working for the city of Banning.

"The allegations are that he put his girlfriend and her children on his health insurance with the police department and said that they were married, but in fact were not married," said John Hall, Senior Public Information Specialist with the Riverside County District Attorney's office.

The incident happened on May 15, 2009.

Eley was charged with five felony counts in Riverside on Monday, including making a false/fraudulent claim, forged instrument and forged ID card. Eley pleaded not guilty to all charges.

After leaving the Banning police department, Eley was then hired by the city of McFarland. Eyewitness News contacted McFarland police about Eley's case.

"We were shocked here at the McFarland police department to find out any of this," said Sgt. Scot Kimble.

The department had no knowledge of the case until contacted by Eyewitness News, said McFarland Police Chief Greg Herrington. Asked if Eley violated any department policy by not informing the department that he had been charged with five felonies, Kimble would only say the department is conducting an internal affairs investigation.

"I can't comment on that at this time," said Kimble.

Eley is one of several officers who once worked for the Banning Police Department and left under dubious circumstances. Several are now working for the McFarland police department.

Eyewitness News placed several calls to Eley's attorney, Michael Schwartz, but our calls were not returned. If convicted on all counts, Eley could receive a maximum sentence of 7½ years.

Eley was released on his own recognizance and is currently on paid administrative leave from his job with the McFarland Police Department.