WASHINGTON — A District of Columbia police officer has been arrested and charged in a federal money laundering investigation in Pennsylvania.
Jared Weinberg was arrested Monday at the department’s fourth district station, where he works, to face a federal charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering.
Police spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said Weinberg has been with the department since February 2012. She said the criminal allegations against him pre-date his employment with the department and that the information about the investigation was not disclosed to police at the time he was hired. Weinberg has been placed on administrative leave and his police powers have been revoked.
“This information was not available when the officer was hired,” Crump said in an email.
A criminal complaint filed in federal court in Pittsburgh accuses Weinberg of conspiring with an alleged cocaine dealer and others to conceal the proceeds of a drug-trafficking operation. Weinberg, who worked as a lifeguard in Maryland before becoming a police officer, rented apartments in the Baltimore area that the dealer used for business, the complaint alleges.
The charge is part of a broader federal investigation into a drug-trafficking organization that operates in Pittsburgh, according to court records.
Court records don’t list a lawyer for Weinberg, who was released on his own recognizance Tuesday and directed to report to pre-trial services in federal court in Pittsburgh on Friday.
Weinberg is among more than 100 D.C. police officers arrested in the past four years, said Kris Baumann, chairman of the police officers’ union.
“What type of people are we attracting? How carefully are we doing our background checks and how does this happen? Those processes have been crying out for review for years,” Baumann said.
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