Felony theft charges were filed against former police sergeant Wence Arevalo for allegedly falsifying timesheets.
Arevalo retired in December after 24 years with the Glendale Police Department. He is accused of “reckless falsification of timesheets since 2018,” said Jose Santiago, a spokesman with Glendale Police.
Glendale Police received an anonymous tip in November and started an internal investigation in December, according to documents provided.
The investigation found Arevalo had been working simultaneously for both the Glendale Police Department and Louisiana State and Arizona Christian universities.
According to investigation documents, Glendale was paying Arevalo $49.22 per hour.
“Between the dates of Dec. 13, 2017, and Nov. 8, 2019, Wence Arevalo falsified his timesheet by claiming hours worked for the city of Glendale while simultaneously being claimed by other outside employment agencies. The total amount of hours falsely claimed total 74.5 hours at a total loss of $3,666.89,” a document dated Jan. 27 stated.
According to Santiago, the Glendale Police investigation was sent to the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office in January.
A felony theft complaint against Arevalo, a resident of Litchfield Park, was filed March 4. He is scheduled to appear in Maricopa County Superior Court April 3.