Spain: Policeman Who Stole Credit Card Loses Appeal

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

MADRID (AP) - Spain's Supreme Court has upheld the dismissal of
a highway patrolman who confessed to stealing a dead man's credit
card and using it to buy gasoline, go shopping and eat at
restaurants.

The court says the officer's behavior was "utterly
incompatible" with his responsibility as a public servant to
protect people and their property.

The Civil Guard officer acknowledged using the credit card 69
times after taking it from a man who died in a road accident in the
northwest Galicia region in 2002. He spent euro1,323 ($1,900) but
returned the money after getting caught.

The officer was identified only by his initials in a verdict
released Wednesday.

He served a year-and-a-half in prison, and was later expelled
from the Civil Guard.


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