Arrest warrants shed light on what led to the arrest of two Suffolk police officers

Published 3:37 pm Thursday, August 24, 2023

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Two Suffolk police officers recently arrested are believed to have been working second jobs while claiming they were on duty protecting the city.

In sworn criminal complaints obtained from Suffolk General District Court by the News-Herald, Suffolk Lt. Gary D. Myrick alleges an investigation found senior police officer and master police officer James Babor filed time cards for working shifts for the city and a second employer, both claiming they were working both jobs at the same times. 

The complaint filed by Myrick Monday Aug. 14 for Leslie’s arrest alleges that between June 1 and June 30, he was found to be clocked in for a second employer for the same shift as his employment for the city “and leaving the second employer’s location and not performing the duties outlined.”

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The complaint states Leslie was found to have received compensation for both employers for the same time period.

“The compensation for the second employer for the listed dates range is greater than $1,000,” according to the warrant. “During an interview with Mr. Leslie he admitted to these actions.”

The one complaint filed against Leslie shows he was charged with obtaining money under false pretenses-larceny greater or equal to $1,000, a felony.

The warrants filed by Myrick for Babor’s arrest Thursday, Aug. 17 allege he was clocking in to work for both the city and a second employer at the same times and collecting pay from both between July 1 and July 30.

“A review of his electronic timecard further revealed Mr. Babor recorded these fraudulent dates and times to his electronic timecard while he was actively working,” according to the warrant. “Mr. Babor submitted his time card to the City of Suffolk Finance Department for compensation with the fraudulent work dates and times.”

It further claims he was compensated more than $1,000 for these alleged fraudulent dates and times.

The three complaints filed against Barbor charge him with obtaining money, good or services by false pretenses, computer fraud and forging/uttering public records, all felonies.

A department news release Thursday, Aug. 17 states that the two were arrested and placed on administrative leave.

The Virginia Judiciary online case information system shows that Barbor is set to be arraigned at 9 a.m. Oct. 23 in Suffolk General District Court. Leslie’s arraignment is now set for 10 a.m. Nov. 11 in the same court.

The system shows both are out on bail but does not list the amounts they were required to post for release.

Editor’s note: Story was updated at 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 24 to correct dates listed involving officer Leslie.