Fort Lauderdale Cops Brian Dodge and Billy Koepke: The Alleged Criminal Escapade
|Broward Sheriff's Office|
|Billy Koepke (left) and Brian Dodge|
Tim Donnelly, assistant state attorney in charge of public corruption, said there were more than 100 cases the two officers were involved in that had to be "taken care of" either by dropping or consolidating charges, yet the 36 charges stem from just four separate incidents.
The most recent of those incidents -- which we profiled on Friday -- allegedly included Dodge and Koepke falsely arresting people, stealing their money and drugs, driving one around for hours without any record of the event, and eventually lying about all of it, even though most of the events were captured on a video-surveillance camera.
We'll fill you in on the rest of the allegations.
On April 22, 2010, Dodge and Koepke arrested two people -- Patricia Roysden and Glen Roysden -- while they were driving with Glen's brother, John Roysden.
After pulling them over, Dodge and Koepke wrote in their report that they could smell some weed, and Glen Roysden admitted he had some weed on him -- two joints and an oxycodone pill, according to the report.
With consent to search Patricia Roysden's purse, the officers wrote in their report that they found two oxycodone pills and one alprazolam pill.
They were both booked on drug charges, and $3,217 in cash made its way into the evidence room.
When investigators asked the Roysdens about the incident later, they noted that around $8,700 in cash was taken from them as well as 32 to 33 of their legal prescription pills and a few legal paper prescriptions.
Patricia Roysden also told police Dodge told them that their money and car were history so that they needed to "post bond and get the hell out of Florida and never come back." Dodge told them he and Koepke wouldn't come looking for them and neither would the bail bondsman, according to the report.
When they were asked why they didn't come to the cops before investigators went to them, they informed them that they had -- to the FBI and over the phone to internal affairs with Fort Lauderdale PD.
That didn't get too far, apparently, since investigators weren't aware of this until they went back and looked into the records.
Regardless, since the prescription pills, paper prescriptions, and around $5,400 in cash allegedly never made it to the evidence room, that landed Dodge and Koepke charges of racketeering, official misconduct, and grant theft.
Investigators then took a look at an arrest report penned in May 2010 by Dodge and Koepke following the arrests of two people -- Michelle Southerland and Phillip Rhoads.
According to the arrest affidavit, the officers' report states that they pulled over Rhoads' vehicle for failing to stop at a red light while making a right turn. After finding three oxycodone pills in Rhoads' pocket and a pill bottle in Southerland's name that contained two extra oxycodone pills, the two were arrested, according to the report.
Southerland told investigators she had around $4,000 on her when she was arrested, while $2,171 of it made it to the evidence room and the rest vanished. She had written the Fort Lauderdale Legal Department about the missing-money matter in December and also told investigators Rhoads never had any pills.
Rhoads said he didn't run a red light and didn't have any pills.
One of the other passengers in the car, Chyanni Faulkner, told investigators the same story and added she overheard Dodge and Koepke tell Rhoads he'd never get his money back. Faulkner also mentioned one of the cops told Rhoads they would "knock his fucking teeth down his throat" and told yet another passenger in the car that they would "beat his ass."
Dodge in Koepke have been charged with racketeering, official misconduct, and grand theft in that incident.
The last arrest investigators looked into was that of a man named William Durnan in August 2010.
According to Dodge and Koepke's report, they saw Durnan through the window of his car counting out pills belonging to his passenger, Anthony Rodriguez.
Aside from failing to mention this occurred in Wilton Manors -- outside of their jurisdiction -- investigators write they also failed to mention that you can't even see inside Durnan's car due to how dark his window tint is.
That fact was confirmed by a recent ticket from the Florida Highway Patrol for illegal tint.
The report states that Dodge and Koepke ended up finding 20 prescription pills in Durnan's possession, but Koepke told Durnan he could go home if he helped them set someone up.
Durnan explained that he had a legitimate injury for which he was prescribed the pills, so he didn't exactly have anyone to set up.
Koepke then told Durnan he'd keep the $7,900 he had on him unless he could prove where it was from. He explained that he'd just cashed his $7,000 commission check and that his wife had given him the other $900 to pay the rent. Since he couldn't prove where that $900 came from, Koepke said, "I'm taking that."
Dodge and Koepke then told Rodriguez to sign a form saying that Durnan had just sold him pills and they'd let him go home. He signed the form -- which was never found -- and Dodge and Koepke said he'd still go to jail unless he helped them set up someone else for dealing drugs.
Rodriguez agreed, and they arrested a man named Joseph Littieri after he brought them 60 oxycodone pills -- except no record of his actual arrest exists.
This police report was approved by Matthew Moceri, who is under investigation but not currently facing any charges, according to the arrest affidavit.
In Dodge's deposition, he attempted to weasel his way out of making that arrest outside of his jurisdiction and still went with his story about being able to see through the heavily tinted windows with binoculars.
Koepke's deposition included the fact that he didn't remember a damned thing in the sworn police report he documented the events in.
That coupled with a combined $1,550 missing led to charges of racketeering, official misconduct, and two counts of grant theft.
As we mentioned on Friday, neither officer faces charges for the separate incidents in which investigators say Dodge and Koepke stole people's pills.
At a news conference Friday morning, Donnelly refused to explain why the officers weren't facing any drug-related charges. He eventually said that they didn't have any evidence to substantiate the pill allegation and that they selected the charges his office would best be able to prove.
Still, the news release handed out at that conference stated the following: "According to documents filed with the Broward County Clerk of the Courts, officers Dodge and Koepke were involved in an 'ongoing pattern of criminal conduct' that focused on stealing money and pills from patrons of pain clinics."
Regardless, the charges still tally up to triple-digit maximum sentences if convicted on all counts, plus a possible life sentence for Dodge and Koepke on the kidnapping charge.
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