An undercover detective was put on administrative leave without pay Wednesday, one month after his arrest on allegations he stole thousands of dollars from his own police union.
Michael Hughes, who was assigned to the Money Laundering Task Force for the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration in 2011, was removed from that job last winter when the criminal investigation began, a police spokesman said Wednesday.
At the DEA, he ran a program to ensure the safety of five confidential informants and their families who were at risk of being harmed by targets they informed on, according to his personnel file.
Hughes, a former union president and vice president, is accused of stealing nearly $21,000 from 2007 through 2011, prosecutors said. According to the arrest report, Hughes is accused of using the money on hotel rooms, food, groceries and convenience stores.
Hughes, 42, began his career with the Coral Springs Police Department in 2001. His current yearly salary is $80,358, city officials said.
He was put on leave with pay two days before he surrendered to authorities last month. Although he is now on leave without pay, that is pending a hearing with the city manager scheduled for next week. His pay could potentially be reinstated after the hearing, although considered unlikely.
Hughes pleaded not guilty on Sept. 19 to one count of organized fraud and four counts of grand theft. He is scheduled to appear in court again Dec. 12.
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Two others, Doug Williams, a road patrol officer, and his wife, Sherry Williams, an economic crimes detective, are also charged with pilfering cash from the union. They resigned from the agency. Doug Williams’ trial is tentatively scheduled for November. Sherry Williams is scheduled for trial in December.
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