A Boston police officer has been charged with purchasing, using and selling gift cards obtained from the return of stolen merchandise.
Eddie Odney, 38, was charged with one count of access device fraud. He has agreed to plead guilty and resign his position with the Boston Police Department.
According to the U.S. Attorney, over the course of a year and a half, Odney purchased approximately $5,000 worth of gift cards that he believed were obtained from the return of stolen merchandise at stores including T.J. Maxx, Macy's, Whole Foods and HomeGoods. He paid cash for the cards and used them to make over $1,600 in purchases.
Odney had been placed on administrative leave back in Feburary pending an investigation into his involvement in what was referred to at the time as a shoplifting ring.