The LAPD Captain Who Committed a 484

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We’re not against the police.  We’re not against the police department, but we are against police who commit misconduct (and those who help cover it up).

This is part one of three. 

Theft
noun
the action or crime of stealing.
“he was convicted of theft”
synonyms: robbery, stealing, thieving, larceny, thievery, shoplifting, burglary, misappropriation, appropriation, embezzlement;

 

When last we spoke about Newton Division’s Captain Ed Prokop and his DUI, I closed by saying that I was looking into some funny money business and stolen laptop computers.  Well I looked and I found out.

Propkop doesn’t just have enemies inside of the Department upset with his preferential treatment when it comes to discipline but apparently he’s also stepped on the toes of members of the community who passed along the following information for the public to know about.

When Hoopesgate broke and then Newton Division Captain Jorge Rodriguez was demoted and shipped off to Foothill, Captain I Prokop became Captain III Prokop and Rodriguez’s replacement.

I’m told that one of the first things Prokop did when he took over was to set about picking apart pet projects that Rodriguez had spearheaded including the LAPD Newton Police Activities League otherwise known as PAL.

Newton PAL board with former councilmember Jan Perry and Captain Jorge Rodriguez.

Newton PAL board with former 9th District councilmember Jan Perry and Captain Jorge Rodriguez.

For those who don’t know, the PAL is a 501c3 nonprofit organization that works with the LAPD and focuses specifically on children in the area by providing them with structured activities as well as safe spaces to play with friendly officers watching over.  They are a separate organization from the LAPD with their own governing board.  It is a highly respected program run by great people that has been recognized by the City for its contribution to the community.

As a nonprofit the Newton PAL raises money to give to the Newton Division for specific projects and events.  However, it is not common practice for the captain of the division that is associated with a particular PAL to be a member of the board of directors.

According to those close to the situation, shortly after Prokop took over for Rodriguez he demanded to be on the board and a signer on the group’s bank account.  The group said no and explained that was a highly unusual request and that Rodriguez was never on the board or on the bank account so why should he be.

Prokop in turn had his boss Deputy Chief Jose Perez (via his adjutant Lieutenant Elaine Morales)  send an email demanding that Prokop be added to the bank account as a signer.

EXHIBIT A – Demand by Deputy Chief Perez that Captain Prokop be given acces to nonprofit’s bank account

From: “ELAINE MORALES” <25813@lapd.lacity.org>
Date: Wed, 08 May 2013 18:20:27 -0700
To: Robert Ri’chard<rinchesr@aol.com>; <gina@barenslaw.com>; Catherine Landeros<Landeros.catherine@gmail.com>; Margarita Verduzco<newtonpals.margarita@gmail.com>; YSABEL VILLEGAS<26919@lapd.lacity.org>; <chris.lee@med.usc.edu>; <Penas@repsrv.com>; akamusa@yahoo.com<akamusa@yahoo.com>; <kidston7730@yahoo.com>; <tammysantangelo2@yahoo.com>
Cc: RAFAEL RAMIREZ<27442@lapd.lacity.org>; MARY KOUMASHIAN<B8818@lapd.lacity.org>; EDWARD PROKOP<edward.prokop@lapd.lacity.org>; JOSE PEREZ<perezj@lapd.lacity.org>; JOHN SHERMAN<shermanj@lapd.lacity.org>
Subject: Re: Update from Newton PALS Emergency Meeting 04-23-13

Good Evening Everyone,

As May 10, 2013 is approaching, I have received the following documents:
-Newton PAL 2011 Accounting/Taxes documents
-Newton PAL 2012 Accounting/Taxes documents

The following documents are due to me by May 10, 2013, :
-All LAPD Volunteer Enrollment Forms
Ensure Captain Prokop is a signer on the current bank account

Currently Newton PAL needs the following checks for the Golf Tournament
* Tommy’s Burgers $893.00 (50% now, and the remainder after the tournament)
* Sierra La Verne Country Club $5748.69 (the remainder owed, due by 5-21-13) May change depending on # of golfers
* Gina’s Tacos $750 (taco lady on the course during tournament)
* $1000 (I need this amount in cash to purchase additional raffle prizes, need this ASAP)

I (Lieutenant Morales) will pick-up the checks/cash for the Golf Tournament from Margarita on Friday, May 10, 2013 unless delivered sooner to me.

As a reminder the below items are due to me by May 16, 2013
-Receipts and the Binder containing misc. documents, audits, expenditures, maintenance of all incoming and outgoing funds, and other associated matters.

Thanks for the Tax information, if there are any issues regarding the May 10th or May 16th deadlines please contact me as soon as possible.

Thanks
Elaine

ELAINE MORALES
Lieutenant
LAPD, OCB
(213) 926-0297

So that we’re clear, there was no issue with PAL’s bookkeeping and that was even admitted to by the LAPD in one of the emails flying back and forth about this.  And even if there was an issue, PAL is its own organization separate from the LAPD.  By most accounts, it was simply a power grab move on the behalf of Prokop.

So when the group still refused to comply with giving Prokop access to the organization’s funds, Perez called an emergency meeting on April 23, 2013 at 4 p.m. and told the board to “stand down” until further notice and that the Newton PAL board was going to be reconfigured.  Perez told the board members that they could reapply to be on the board.

EXHIBIT B – After PAL refuses Prokop access to bank account Perez sends stand-down letter

From: ELAINE MORALES <25813@lapd.lacity.org>
To: Robert Ri’chard <rinchesr@aol.com>; gina@barenslaw.com; Catherine Landeros <Landeros.catherine@gmail.com>; Margarita Verduzco <newtonpals.margarita@gmail.com>; YSABEL VILLEGAS <26919@lapd.lacity.org>; chris.lee@med.usc.edu; Penas@repsrv.com; “akamusa@yahoo.com” <akamusa@yahoo.com>; kidston7730@yahoo.com;tammysantangelo2@yahoo.com
Cc: RAFAEL RAMIREZ <27442@lapd.lacity.org>; MARY KOUMASHIAN <B8818@lapd.lacity.org>; EDWARD PROKOP <edward.prokop@lapd.lacity.org>; JOSE PEREZ <perezj@lapd.lacity.org>; JOHN SHERMAN <shermanj@lapd.lacity.org>
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 2:16 PM
Subject: Update from Newton PALS Emergency Meeting 04-23-13

Good Afternoon Everyone,

On April 23, 2013, at 4 pm, Deputy Chief Jose Perez, Commanding Officer, Operations-Central Bureau (OCB), called an emergency board meeting of the Newton PALS.

During this meeting there were three current board members present.  The purpose of this meeting was to obtain feedback and collect information on the historical overview of the Newton PAL Program, Newton PAL By-Laws, current financial systems (ie. audits, expenditures, receipts, tax info, financial records/binders, maintenance of all incoming and outgoing funds), and other associated matters.

Deputy Chief Jose Perez expressed his concern about the Newton PAL Program.  While there may be outstanding record keeping systems and documents of all items from above, until Deputy Chief Jose Perez reviews the above submitted documents and has a better comfort level of the Newton PAL Program, effective April 23, 2013, the Newton PALS Board and functions are to be “stood-down” with no further activity. All documents are due to me by Thursday, May 16, 2013.   

Deputy Chief Jose Perez has allowed the following to continue:

-Day to Day Kids Programs
-Golf Tournament

The following will discontinue until further notice:

-No expenses to be issued, all checkbooks turned in to Lt Elaine Morales
-No further involvement or progress with the following; WETLAND Foundation, Trinity Program, HACLA MOU, Annenburg Foundation,
-No Board meetings.

The Newton PAL Board will be reconfigured.   If you wish to apply as a Newton PAL volunteer board member, I have attached the LAPD Volunteer Enrollment Forms, which are due to me by Friday, May 10, 2013.   Deputy Chief Perez will ask the newly configured Board to revise/amend the Newton PAL Bylaws to be consistent with the other OCB PAL/Youth Boards.

Lt. Elaine Morales at OCB will be the coordinator and contact person for Chief Perez and she will handle all matters, questions, etc.

Thanks

ELAINE MORALES
Lieutenant
LAPD, OCB
(213) 926-0297

For the record, Perez was not a member of the board of the Newton PAL, he was just a member of the advisory board who until recently had never had a problem with any of the work that PAL had done on behalf of the station or the money it had raised.

Legally Perez didn’t have the authority to make the board comply with his orders because it wasn’t his organization.  So instead Perez asked all of the board members to resign of which they refused to do.

Shortly after this, on LAPD letterhead, the group who had raised so much money and done so much great work for the LAPD was sent a disassociation letter.

EXHIBIT C – Perez sends PAL disassociation letter

From: “ELAINE MORALES” <25813@lapd.lacity.org>
Date: May 14, 2013 at 9:06:00 AM PDT
To: “Robert Ri’chard” <rinchesr@aol.com>,<gina@barenslaw.com>, “Catherine Landeros” <Landeros.catherine@gmail.com>, “Margarita Verduzco” <newtonpals.margarita@gmail.com>, “YSABEL VILLEGAS” <26919@lapd.lacity.org>, <chris.lee@med.usc.edu>, <Penas@repsrv.com>, “akamusa@yahoo.com” <akamusa@yahoo.com>, <kidston7730@yahoo.com>, <tammysantangelo2@yahoo.com>
Cc: “RONALD SPICER” <26170@lapd.lacity.org>, “RAFAEL RAMIREZ” <27442@lapd.lacity.org>, “MC NEILL GARDNER” <32848@lapd.lacity.org>, “MARY KOUMASHIAN” <B8818@lapd.lacity.org>, “EDWARD PROKOP” <edward.prokop@lapd.lacity.org>, “JOSE PEREZ” <perezj@lapd.lacity.org>, “JOHN SHERMAN” <shermanj@lapd.lacity.org>
Subject: PAL DISASSOCIATION NOTICE

Good Morning,
Please see the important attachment.
Thanks

ELAINE MORALES
Lieutenant
LAPD, OCB
(213) 926-0297

May 10, 2013 Letter of Disassociation

May 10, 2013 Letter of Disassociation

Fast forward to November 2013 when the Newton PAL board, which had not dissolved and was still operating just not with Newton Division as a partner, voted to use $6,000 of the money it had raised on holiday gifts for local community children in Southeast Los Angeles through projects sponsored by 9th District Councilmember Curren D. Price, Commissioner Sandra Figueroa, the nonprofit L.A.U.R.A., and LAPD 77th station.

It wasn’t until after all of the gifts were purchased that the Newton PAL was made aware by their bank Wells Fargo that the money they thought they had was no longer in their account.

According to my source, it seems that Prokop sent Newton Division Officer’s Tuason and Trugman 13.2 miles from 3400 South Central Avenue to a Wells Fargo in Beverly Hills on Santa Monica Blvd. (passing at least 12 other Wells Fargo banks) with a copy of the disassociation letter to take the money in the Newton PAL account and transfer it into a newly created account under the name of LAPD Newton PAAL, Police Athletic and Activities League.  Trugman, a product of Beverly Hills is believed to have had a friend on the inside that made the transaction run smoothly.

EXHIBIT D

Wells Fargo Bank withdrawal slip showing deposit of funds into PAAL account November 7, 2013.

Wells Fargo Bank withdrawal slip showing deposit of funds into PAAL account November 7, 2013.

EXHIBIT E

Wells Fargo Bank statement for PAL showing funds before they were removed.

Wells Fargo Bank statement for PAL showing funds before they were removed.

For the record, that was theft.

All in all $8,708.09 was removed from the Newton PAL’s bank account on November 7, 2013 by two on-duty LAPD police officers using a letter on LAPD letterhead with Chief Charlie Beck’s name on it.

Once Wells Fargo was made aware of the fraudulent transaction they demanded that LAPD’s PAAL return the money to Newton PAL’s account.  They finally did three months later in February 2014 under pressure from the group’s attorney and Wells Fargo who were both threatening to take legal action which would have been very embarrassing for the Department.

EXHIBIT F

Wells Fargo Bank Statement showing return of funds dated February 2014.

Wells Fargo Bank Statement showing return of funds dated February 2014.

And even as I write this, I am told that there is still an ongoing investigation into how this was able to happen in the first place by Wells Fargo and the Newton PAL.

The higher ups in the LAPD chain of command know all about this.  They also know about parts two and three which we’ll get to shortly also with documented proof.

In the meanwhile, Captain Prokop is carrying on with business as usual–you or I on the other hand would be in jail.

Stay tuned for part two…

The Court of Public Opinion

  • tom

    Amazing….. please keep reporting on these corrupt officers.

  • discarted

    Always great work. Keep exposing this government sanctioned gang of criminals.

  • Another Fine Day in Compton

    That’s not just theft, its GRAND THEFT and I’m sure a violation of several federal laws. We have been too busy shaking our fists at Lee Baca and Too Tall Paul Tanaka to see what’s been going on at LAPD.

  • cutty sark

    Although this matter may have been resolved privately with the funds returned to the proper account holder, isn’t there still a legal duty to report suspected violations of law?
    I would think that Wells Fargo and the trustees of the funds donated to the Newton PAL charity do not have a choice in the matter – they must report what they know to the District Attorney. Wells Fargo may also need to file a report with the F.B.I.

  • ike

    Theft under color of authority. Federal criminal offense.

  • Second class citizen

    OMG….. it just gets better and better

  • 1942 transient

    What in the hell has happened to this great Dept and City? Beck and his bitch Paysinger..they all have to GO!…

    “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”…Thomas Jefferson

    This long line of officers/patriots willing to give blood is longer than Ive ever seen in my career.

    This is unprecedented in Law Enforcement that so many officers would attack their Chief. Beck is a Tyrant.

    Wow!!. History really does repeat itself. Leaders abuse their power and their people fight back. This is “History of Leadership 101” at any community college. I guess Beck never read a history book. This is classic corruption and nepotism.

    Jeez Charlie, you really didn’t see this coming?

  • NinaG

    And the plot thickens…. Great stuff Jasmyne! I heard you on KABC790 this afternoon; you were/are great!

  • CityEye

    Get ready people cause toy boy Garcetti continues in his support for the corrupt Beck. Am I the only one who knows Metro has dirt on toy boy and maybe using it to get Beck a 2nd term. The clowns on police commission will announce next Tuesday but they’re morons and do what toy boy says. Rank and file pressure the PPL to get the vote out NOW OF NO CONFIDENCE

  • 1942 transient

    Why would METRO want to help Beck get a second term? And what is the dirt? Lay it out there, what is so secretive about what youre trying to say.

  • 20% officer

    How about writing about the officers that were promised to be at regular pay after their probation, but never were. And now the city doesn’t want to pay back to them. How about that?!

  • JUSTtellTHEtruth

    Why hasn’t mainstream media reported this? LAPD=Bully Of course they get away with it, who would challenge Mt. Olympus’s 10th floor?!

  • On The Job

    And???

    As with all other dirty dealings involving LAPD brass… And???

    Nothing ever happens… they do the internal investigating, they do their own dirty laundry and no one ever hears anything else when brass in caught dirty… I feel bad for those two police officer go-fers… as they will be the scapegoats for the brass… it always ends up that way.

    Keep doing what you’re doing Jasmyne… The brass has already started their attempts to discredit you… and they’re working hard at it… you obviously hit a nerve… keep digging…make it hurt!!

    The media always second-guesses the working street cops…and crucifies them without much investigation or evidence… and the LAPD brass falls right in behind the media on that… But you hardly ever hear about the dirty dealings of the brass… until now…

    Thank you!!

  • On The Job

    Hey Tom, Discarted… make sure you know the difference between the working street cop and the sorry bastards in the command staff… those are two comepletely two different animals.

    Dont lump in the hard working men and women of the LAPD with the pencil-pushing, paper clip-counting, back door-dealing, dope-smoking, wife-beating, prostitute-engaging, lying-to-protect-their-own bastards in the command staff…

    If someone sat down and told all about the dirty stuff which brass is known for, it would be a book as thick as Webster’s Dictionary!

    Keep up the good work Jasymine…and thank you for doing what no one else would… Maybe I’ll be able to retire and rid myself of the brass-induced-acid-reflux!!

  • Sophia TheresaMarie Sanchez-Le

    Great stuff Jaz. Sophia loves you.

  • Sophia TheresaMarie Sanchez-Le

    Shut up Sophia, you are not allowed to run with knives.

  • Sergeant Cathy Marx

    we have been asking for weeks for a vote of no confidence…Tyler Izen won’t do it.

  • Sergeant Cathy Marx

    Again…I have been asking the LAPPL for weeks to put out the vote of no confidence..Tyler Izen won’t do it. It is MY OPINION, he is trying to line up a retirement spot working for either Beck or Garcetti for when he retires
    in December. It make no sense otherwise…I know other delegates have also asked to do a vote of no confidence in the COP and were told no. So much for the LAPPL representing its members…after all, we only pay them enormous amount of money over the years.

  • Sergeant Cathy Marx

    I believe they have a lawsuit pending.

  • Sergeant Cathy Marx

    OMG…I thought I had heard it all….AMAZING…someone should really write a book…like the guy did about all the Hollywood capers. Or like Connie Dial has done.,,Retired Captain Connie Dial has published 5 so far, the first one is called Internal Affairs…The fun thing is trying to figure out who she is referring to the books.

  • Sergeant Cathy Marx

    Does anyone out there remember Julie Nelson?

  • Legacy Killer

    Are you insinuating that there is someone among command staff who has been detained for prostitution and released due to rank and connections? Can you elaborate who that person might be?

  • Gummo Parks

    Captain Prokop may have earned a reputation for sleazy dealings from behind the desk, but that is purely gossip at this point. Someone will need to swear an affidavit to start firming up the ground underneath the allegations.

    On the other hand, if the documents featured above are authentic – then Deputy Chief Jose Perez Jr. is gone. He may be a swell guy and he may have performed commendably 99% of the time and he may have come under the influence of the wrong crowd – but he is toast. He must be relieved of active duty pending further notice.

    The orders signed by D.C. Perez on City Department letterhead go beyond meddling with Newton P.A.L.. They go beyond some notion of larceny or theft or misappropriation.

    I don’t know what the proper terminology is. That is what we pay Jackie Lacey and her staff of prosecutors to figure out. And that is exactly where this matter must get handled. She just rolled up a case of backdoor financial favor-swapping between a city council staffer and a water district trustee. It will cost a sizable chunk of the D.A.’s credibility to ignore Newton P.A.L. Wells Fargo acct./D.C. Perez.

    Correct me if I’m wrong here. Deputy Chief Perez appears to have directed a conspiracy to extort the Newton P.A.L. trustees. The threat is clear. He wants their money and their resignations. They may reapply for their positions – but only those who bend to his strong arming have any chance.
    What could Perez and Beck and the Emperor clique been thinking?

    We can’t wait on the Police Commissioners or the City Council or the Mayor for their meek and tepid leadership.

    There are 3 people who we elected to sort out and clean up this kind of crap – L.A. City Controller Ron Galperin, L.A. City Attorney Mike Feuer and D.A. Jackie Lacey.

  • Legacy Killer

    Not the same person whose gun was found inside OJ’s Bronco???

  • frustrated

    Kind of confused as to why Prokop initiates complaints against his officers when he is committing all this… How about the complaint he initiated against a Sgt stating he had inappropriately handled funds…. When Prokop was aware of all the sgts actions and would demand to have items purchased from those funds for his personal benifit…. Yet Prokop was on a head hunt for a few people that he was unable to control to his liking…. And don’t ever stand up to Prokop regarding his disoplinary actions

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  • Lakerguy

    Wasn’t she boot legging movies?

  • Lakerguy

    On the job, maybe the public should know how much the Chief, Command staff is actually paid. You are correct that they are a different animal all together. Most of them already have come from money, are college educated (or Online Courses while On-duty), no military (maybe a few Coast Guard folks, ooops Prokop was a Marine) Some joined lapd for some excitement and later went wtf? “This is dangerous”! So, with almost no street time off they went to Lowe’s for a ladder.

    Maybe if they knew that starting salary for lapd is just about the same as a sanitation worker (no disrespect). And that the that the New Officers are held to a Higher Standard then that of the people in charge of the lapd. They must also have a clean record, no money problems, random drug testing and not to mention have to deal with some of the worst humans (not the ones in PAB) society can offer. Let me grab my list of Command Staff folks that has been killed in the line of duty…..oh there isn’t one?? My bad. Except for the swat commander killed in a joy ride of an lapd airship way back when.

    Different animal indeed. That’s if you want to disrespect animals.

    I really believe if the average citizen knew what was going on behind the lapd curtain. They would be down at PAB just like they did after Rodney King.

  • Sophia TheresaMarie Sanchez-Le

    Jaz, the lions are in the street. They are in for the hunt.

  • On The Job

    LOL!!! captain nelson… Lakerguy, not only was she selling pirated DVDs… but she was selling them WHILE ON DUTY, and FROM HER ASSIGNED POLICE CAR parked in the Station’s parking lot!!!!!! And… tried to sell them to on duty POLICE OFFICERS!!!

  • On The job

    As you can see by my user name… I’m still on the job and RETALIATION is a very real issue when it comes to whistle-blowing.

    This deputy chief’s shenanigans are well known on the department, one of his more laughable incidents is the one where the whore he was using took his dept issued car along with sensitive doc and city issued equipment…

    If you’re on the job Legacy Killer… ask around one on one, you’ll get the same name over and over again…

    Or you can talk to some of the guys over at LBPD… 🙂

  • On The Job

    A person changes once they get the stars and bars on the collar. I worked with guys who were solid (or at least I thought so at the time) who then slither out of their old skin and into the new skin. One captain in particular once asked a “favor” of me…being “pals” I did him the favor. Then he starts making rank and all of a sudden he’s holier than thou…and burns several guys over things which didn’t come close to the things he did as a P2.

    We associate promoting to the “staffer elite club” selling their souls…

    As for the beck or the COP being a good example… street cops dont follow any staffers lead, as we all know they’re corrupt from the get-go, we do what’s right simply because it’s how we are.

  • On The Job

    Jasmyne… You need a Facebook page so we can all have a “conversation” in somewhat real-time.

    FB will notify one when someone comments on the post or one’s comment.

    Discussion, sharing of info and ideas will help, not only in exposing the truth, but in verification of the allegations being made!

    Create a Facebook page for these articles…and watch people’s eyes and minds open up!

  • Tired of it

    Lol! None of these buffons are going to be fired. Dream on. Thats the point, crimes have been committed and nobody cares that has the ability to do somthing. May the FLOODGATES OPEN AS WE ENTER INTO THE LAWSUIT ERA!!!!

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  • scarecrow

    Just a slight correction to your statement…Deputy Chief at the time of the incident…now Assistant Chief.

  • Sergeant Cathy Marx

    I believe the City Attorney is pretty aware of the Department’s corruption…his employees have to represent them in Court when they keep doing the same stupid things over and over and over and over…you get the picture.

  • Sergeant Cathy Marx

    Rumor has it an unknown SGT went to a CENT roll call recently and told the guys/gals to fill out a form saying they wanted Beck re-upped and they were told NOT to write anything negative on the form about Beck. Anyone know anything about that???

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  • neroden

    Why isn’t the DA prosecuting this constant stream of felonies in the LAPD? This is the problem.