A former Des Plaines police commander accused of falsifying records for financial gain pled not guilty in federal court on Wednesday, according to a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Timothy Veit, 55, of Mount Prospect, a 31-year law enforcement veteran, was charged with was charged with one felony count of making false statements, the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated.
Veit pled not guilty and was arraigned before U.S. District Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan in federal court in Chicago on Wednesday, said Randall Samborn, spokesperson at the U.S. Attorney’s Office.
Veit was released on recognizance bond, and his next court date is June 4 for a status hearing.
Timothy Veit, 55, of Mount Prospect, a 31-year law enforcement veteran, is accused of inflating the number of DUI arrests that would qualify for the federal funds from 30 to 152, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, between 2009 and 2012.
The false information Veit provided, according to the charges, caused a loss of $132,893 in federal funds that were reimbursed to Des Plaines for impaired driving enforcement programs, the U.S. Attorney’s Office stated.
A message left for Veit’s legal representation was not immediately returned at publication time.
Making false statements carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.