Former Jasper Police Captain James Michael Cohen, 54, Jasper, was arrested on Monday, Dec. 16, on charges of official misconduct, grand theft III and cheating, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office. According to Jasper Police Chief Jeff McGuire, Cohen resigned from the Jasper Police Department (JAPD) on Nov. 15.
According to Hamilton County Clerk of Court records, Cohen between on or about, Oct. 10 and Nov. 12, 2013, unlawfully and with a corrupt intent to obtain benefit to himself, received unearned payment of funds from the city of Jasper for hours of unperformed police duties by falsifying official time report documents. Cohen claimed on the time sheets that he was on duty with JAPD for full eight hour shifts contrary to Florida Statute 838.022.
Cohen also faces a charge of grand theft III for receiving those unlawful funds - at least $300 but less than $5,000, according to court records - as well as cheating by engaging in false pretenses to obtain U.S. currency, thereby defrauding the city of Jasper.
Cohen turned himself in and was arrested on Monday, Dec. 16. He was later released from Hamilton County Jail on his own recognizance, according to the Hamilton County Sheriff’s Office.