An ex-police officer from Chicago is facing allegations that, over the course of the past 13 years, he gave false testimony and filed fraudulent police reports in order to get traffic charges dropped. After receiving a complaint in February of 2022, the Chicago Office of Inspector General began an inquiry into Kriv as a result of the allegations.
According to the prosecution, Kriv worked for the Chicago Police Department (CPD) beginning on August 5, 1996 and continuing until he retired on January 20, 2023. Kriv was stripped of his police powers on January 10, 2023, due to the charges that were brought against him, before he retired
Fake proof provided
Jeffrey Kriv, who is 56 years old, is accused of committing five counts of the felony offence of forgery in addition to four charges of the felony offence of perjury. In a letter with a date of December 1, 2021, Kriv is said to have indicated that on October 13, 2021, he was issued a second citation for the same parking infringement just 15 minutes earlier.
This is supposedly stated in the letter. The Office of the Inspector General for the City of Chicago stated that the supposed copy of the ticket that Kriv presented in order to fight his citation was signed by Officer “D. Stuart,” with the Star Number 19265. Kriv provided this copy in order to contest his citation.
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Ex Cop disputed number of Traffic Tickets for personal vehicles
After an investigation, it was found out that Kriv was the owner of Star Number 19265, and that the initial ticket related to a ticket that Kriv had written himself as a CPD officer on a separate day to a different car. This ticket was issued to a different vehicle.
It was then determined that between the years 2009 and 2022, Kriv successfully disputed a number of parking and moving violations that were related to his personal vehicles by providing fraudulent documents as evidence and/or making false statements while appearing in person at the City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings while under oath.
“My girlfriend stole the vehicle” Claims Ex Cop
Prosecutors believe that beginning in 2013, Kriv settled 44 separate automated ticket breaches by appearing in court, being placed under oath, and stating that his girlfriend had taken his vehicle on the day that the ticket was issued. In addition to this, he claimed that his girlfriend was behind the wheel of his stolen vehicle when the citation was issued, according to the prosecution.
According to the allegations, Kriv presented the judge with fabricated police reports in order to corroborate his accusations. The tickets were thrown out because he claimed that his girlfriend had stolen his vehicle in both of these incidents.
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Falsified police report presented to Judge
Kriv contested four different automated traffic tickets that were issued to his own BMW automobile on January 20, 2021, August 13, 2021, May 16, 2021, and September 1, 2022. He arrived in person at each of these dates and protested the violations.
Prosecutors believe that at those four days, Kriv gave the judge a falsified police report in which he claimed that his girlfriend had taken his BMW on the day of the supposed traffic infringement. According to the prosecutors, it appeared as though all four of the police reports were practically identical to one another, with the exception of the dates.
Tickets value would be around $3,665
According to the statements made by the prosecuting attorneys, the total amount of money that was lost as a result of the dismissal of 44 tickets since 2009 owing to the allegations of fake documents and testimony is roughly $3,665.
The accusations that have been presented against Kriv have a potential sentence range from probation to between two and five years in an Illinois state correctional facility.
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Deborah Witzburg, the Inspector General of the Chicago Police Department, was quoted as saying in a written statement that “the truthfulness and trustworthiness of police officers is vital to the fair administration of justice and to the CPD’s success as a law enforcement agency.”
We would like to express our appreciation to the Chicago Police Department and the State Attorney’s Office for working together on this inquiry. According to the documents filed in court, Kriv will have his next court appointment on February 23.