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Tampa Police chief fires 2 officers, one under arrest

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TPD Chief Jane Castor file photo TPD Chief Jane Castor file photo
TPD Detective Jeanette Hevel TPD Detective Jeanette Hevel
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

 Tampa Police Chief Jane Castor fired two officers on Friday.

The terminations were the result of two separate investigations, according to a police statement.

TPD detectives arrested Detective Jeanette Hevel Friday on a Grand Theft charge. Hevel served as a detective in the Criminal Intelligence Bureau.  She had been with the department for 27 years.

Police say in November of 2011, a Tampa Police officer recovered four IRS money orders while arresting a suspect on a Possession of Marijuana charge.  The officer followed standard operating procedures and placed $1900 in money orders into evidence, according to the police report.

The evidence log at TPD showed that Detective Jeanette Hevel entered the evidence room in December of 2011 to "review evidence." 

According to police, Hevel removed the money orders from the evidence room and cashed two of the money orders for a total of $1,000.  In December of 2011, the remaining $900 in money orders was deposited into her personal checking account.

Officials say on Monday, the Civil Recovery Division of the IRS contacted the Tampa Police Department in an attempt to locate IRS money orders.  It was at that time that TPD discovered the theft and began investigating.

In another case Friday, Chief Castor announced the firing of Sergeant Ray Fernandez, the former DUI supervisor at TPD.  His firing stemmed from his handling of the DUI case of Tampa lawyer Phil Campbell during the Todd "MJ" Schnitt, Bubba the Love Sponge Clem civil defamation suit.

Chief Castor said Friday, "He allowed a personal relationship to compromise his impartiality and professionalism in this case."  She also said, "I can't convey the level of disappointment that I felt when the FBI investigation revealed that Sgt. Fernandez's role was significantly more than he conveyed to me, the organization, and the criminal justice system."

Fernandez's attorney, Chip Purcell, said Friday that his client will fight to get his job back.  He said Fernandez was following a valid tip from a credible friend.

Stay with wfla.com for more on this developing story



















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