Bogus tips: Police officer steals $250,000 from Crime Stoppers program 

What: Theadora Ross — a 26-year veteran officer with the Dallas Police Department — and an accomplice are accused of collecting $250,000 in rewards for filing bogus tips to Crime Stoppers for more than five years.

How: Ross was responsible for taking anonymous tips about crimes and selecting those that would receive a cash reward. To get the reward, tipsters receive a secret code word and number along with instructions to go to the bank. But one legitimate tipster said when he went to claim his tip, someone had already used the code word. Police discovered that Ross had given accomplice Malva Delley bogus numbers and codes to collect the rewards, then the two women split the money.

What’s next: The Crime Stoppers program was temporarily shut down, and officials said they will be revamping their procedures.

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