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Former Banning Police Officer Accused of Fraud, Forgery While at Department

Allen Eley was indicted this week on five felonies that have to do with forging documents to obtain health insurance for others, officials say.

A former officer of the Banning Police Department who previously said he was retaliated against for his skin color was indicted this week on five felony counts that stem from his employment with the agency and ultimately led to his dismissal, officials tell Banning-Beaumont Patch.

Allen Eley-- who is currently employed with the McFarland Police Department outside Bakersfield-- worked for Banning PD until June 2011 and is accused of lying to obtain medical insurance.

"He eventually resigned in lieu of termination for conduct he was eventually indicted on," Banning Police Chief Leonard Purvis told Patch.

That alleged conduct has to do with accusations that Eley lied to get medical insurance for his girlfriend and her children, according to Riverside County District Attorney Spokesman John Hall.

Hall says that investigators believe in 2008 and 2009, Eley forged a marriage certificate and witness signature, and submitted it to the county.  He then apparently illegally put his girlfriend and her children on his government health insurance plan.

Prior to Eley's dismissal, while on administrative leave for this case, he accused the department of discrimination, and threatened suit against the city along with two other officers. 

One of those officers is now the police chief in McFarland, who told Patch he had no idea that Eley was being investigated for these felonies.

McFarland Chief Gregory Herrrington says his department will conduct an internal affairs investigation, and has placed Eley on paid administrative leave from that department.

"We knew absolutely nothing about it," Herrington said in a telephone interview Thursday.

Chief Purvis says that's likely because they were never contacted for information about Eley's time at the Banning department.

"No one from the city of McFarland or a representative from the city of McFarland contacted the Banning Police Department regarding [Eley's] background," Purvis said.  "If they had contacted us and given us the appropriate waivers, we would have fully disclosed the reasons officer Eley had resigned in lieu of termination.”

A grand jury investigation led to Eley's indictment on the following counts: three felony counts of making a false or fraudulent claim, one count of forging an instrument and one count of a forged ID card, according to Hall and court records.

He could face up to 7.5 years in prison if convicted on the charges, Hall said.

Eley was indicted on Monday in Riverside, and was released on his own recognizance after pleading not guilty to all the charges, court records indicate. 

banning citizen November 07, 2012 at 03:02 PM
That department is a hot mess. Happened in 2008 yet he stayed employed and its an issue in 2012? Im sure there are far worse officers. I knew eley as super friendly and helpful when he ran that youth court and helped my kid who was bullied at nicolet when he was SRO. i can name quite a few a** hole shady officers....
Local Businessman November 07, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Cool... I love it when people name names! Banning Citizen, please make a whole list of the "shady officers". Since this is election season, we can all pitch in. Let's see which officer gets the most votes for being the "shadiest" ! ! !
IIBLK December 06, 2012 at 10:33 PM
The whole Dept. SUCKS!!!!!!!!
haden ward January 20, 2013 at 07:42 AM
Please forgive me as I am a little confused when reading this. Why did it take so long and why was it ok up until last year? Also, why was there an indictment vs. regular charges being filed? It looks like on face value that something was wrong with the investigation. I read other articles which would leave me to think that there was an issue with how the information was handled. What in the heck is going on there in the two big city buildings?
Jeremiah January 20, 2013 at 08:42 AM
I will stick up for Leonard Purvis here. I know the man personally and I know of no one more honest or committed to his job. Many of you say things here you would not say to his face - maybe it is because you have been on the wrong side of the law and been treated as you deserve? Thank you, Lennie, for the job you do for all of us. Jeremiah Price

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