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Archive for Saturday, September 24, 2005

Topeka police officer charged with theft

Charges also include perjury, misconduct

September 24, 2005

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— A police officer was charged with 144 offenses one week after his former partner was sentenced to 16 months in prison for stealing thousands of dollars intended for undercover drug buys.

Bruce Voigt, 41, of Topeka was arrested Thursday and released after he posted $25,000 bond. The charges against the 18-year veteran include perjury, falsifying evidence, official misconduct, theft and promoting obscenity.

Police said Voigt, who was placed on paid administrative leave about July 1, and Thomas Pfortmiller were arrested as a result of the same criminal probe. But District Attorney Robert Hecht said the case against Voigt wasn't related to the Pfortmiller case.

Pfortmiller was sentenced last month for stealing more than $20,000 and using the money to fund his gambling habit.

Prosecutors said Pfortmiller filed police reports claiming that drug purchases had occurred, which led to the issuance of false arrest warrants.

Neither Hecht nor Police Chief Ed Klumpp would discuss specifics of the cases.

However, Klumpp did say the investigation leading to the arrests of Pfortmiller and Voigt began almost two years ago when supervisors approached him with concerns about the lack of reports in some of Pfortmiller's cases. The Kansas Bureau of Investigation later took over the investigation.

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