EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (KMOV) – An Edwardsville police dispatcher is accused of making purchases using a credit card from a lost wallet turned into the Edwardsville Police Department.
Rochelle Waters, 33, was charged Thursday with four counts of unlawful credit card use and two counts of official misconduct.
According to court documents, officers noticed a credit card had been taken from a lost wallet turned into police headquarters that had not yet been claimed.
After the owner was located, they noticed several transactions were made on the card. Prosecutors say Waters used the card to buy food, clothes and toys at Walmart, in addition to other items at Old Navy, McDonalds and a convenience store.
"Anyone who works for the public is held to a higher standard, and certainly if you work for law enforcement, it's critical that the public be able to trust that your actions are above board at all times," said Madison County State's Attorney Tom Gibbons.
Police investigated and traced the purchases back to Waters, who had served as a dispatcher since October of 2007.
She was immediately suspended without pay early Thursday evening. On Friday, Waters submitted her resignation.