DOVER, Del.- A Dover police officer is accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Fraternal Order of Police where he served as treasurer.
Dover police on Tuesday arrested 36-year-old Benjamin J. Marvel of Dover for theft, theft by false pretense and unlawful use of a credit card, all felonies. Marvel is an 11-year veteran of the Dover Police Department and also served three years as a 911 dispatcher with the city.
Marvel was arrested following a criminal investigation which revealed funds missing from accounts owned and managed by the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #15, which represents all city of Dover police officers.
Irregularities with these accounts were discovered by the executive board of Lodge #15 during the first two weeks of February 2009. This information was shared with the department and a criminal investigation got underway on Thursday, Feb. 19. Marvel was placed on administrative leave with pay, pending the outcome of the investigation.
According to police, the investigation revealed that Marvel took approximately $16,144 in money belonging to the Fraternal Order of Police. Additionally, police say Marvel charged $1,212.15 to one of the organization's credit cards without prior approval and authorization of the executive board of the Fraternal Order of Police, Lodge #15.
Marvel was arrested Tuesday at the conclusion of the criminal investigation. An Internal administrative investigation is ongoing and Marvel's status has been changed to administrative leave without Pay.
Marvel had been served as treasurer of FOP Lodge #15 for approximately nine years and held that position until resigning just prior to the beginning of the investigation, according to police.
Marvel was released on $3,000 unsecured bond pending a preliminary hearing in the Court of Common Pleas.
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