Three MPD officers under investigation for allegedly falsifying time cards

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MERIDIAN, Miss. (WTOK) - Meridian Police Chief Benny Dubose confirms three police officers were placed on administrative leave without pay after an investigation by the state auditor’s office indicated time records were falsified.

Dubose met with the representatives of the auditor’s office Tuesday morning during which they revealed that several of his officers were linked to an ongoing investigation. The chief said he believes it's in the best interests of the department to place the officers involved on administrative leave without pay until the investigation is complete.

“There hasn’t been any arrest at this point. Don’t know if there will be any arrest. Like I said it’s an investigation. They didn’t go into a whole lot of details as far as what information they had or didn’t have but it is an active investigation,” said Dubose.

Chief Dubose says he is unsure of the exact time frame of the investigation, but did say it has been going on for “quite some time”.

The chief is not releasing the names or ranks of the officers being investigated.

We reached out to the state auditor's office for comment. They said they can't confirm or comment about a pending investigation.

We’ll continue to provide information on this story as it develops.