Miami – Former Fort Lauderdale police officer David Michael McElligott has pled guilty to one count of wire fraud and will face sentencing May 4 before U.S. District Judge Kenneth Marra.
McElligott had been on extended leave in the Air Force Reserves and was stationed at Robins Air Force base in Georgia since 2001.
He admitted in open court that since 2003 he submitted falsified military orders to the city of Fort Lauderdale to indicate that his duty was mandatory, though it was not.
It allowed him to receive pay from city to supplement his military salary.
This was done by providing the city with falsified military orders, earnings statements and leave forms.
The falsified documents were sent by McElligott via facsimile and/or e-mail to the city’s payroll department. He received a total of $278,000 in supplemental pay, longevity bonuses and benefits over an eight year period.
He is facing a maximum of up to 20 years in prison.