Two Aberdeen officers reinstated amid investigation

djournal-monroe-county-newsBy Ray Van Dusen

Monroe Journal

ABERDEEN – Based on evidence submitted to the board of aldermen and an independent investigation into a case of a false report of identity threat to a credit company, the board voted 5-0 to reinstate two Aberdeen Police Department officers to their posts Tuesday following a lengthy executive session.

“Experian contacted two or three weeks ago to say they had a report that was fraudulent,” Aberdeen Police Chief Henry Randle said.

Experian is a credit company.

The report, allegedly filed by officer Jason Franks, claimed he was the victim of identity theft. The document also had what appeared to be officer David Kuykendall’s signature along with a forged APD case number, according to Randle.

Ward 5 alderman John Allan clarified to Randle that Kuykendall had not signed the document, which was faxed to the credit company. Randle apologized, but also stated neither Kuykendall nor Franks appeared before he or the board during initial stages of the investigation so he could gather that information.

The board of aldermen met in a special-called Jan. 10 meeting in which they reinstated the two to their posts, but Randle told them to not return.

While Kuykendall returns to work Jan. 22, Randle said Franks will remain off the force until the investigation concludes.