Jefferson County deputy arrested for insurance fraud

Jefferson County deputy arrested for insurance fraud

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Derrick Leon Colley. Source: Birmingham Police Department Derrick Leon Colley. Source: Birmingham Police Department
JEFFERSON COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A Jefferson County sheriff's deputy is being investigated for insurance fraud.

Auto theft detectives say 36-year-old Derrick Colley of Birmingham falsely reported his 2011 Ford Mustang being stolen.

The Jefferson County Sheriff's Office says Colley has been placed on leave and his uniforms, equipment and credentials have been taken.

Chief Deputy Randy Christian calls this a sad day for the sheriff's office family. He released the following statement in response to Colley's arrest:

"We were notified yesterday of this investigation and immediately began our own Internal Affairs Investigation. Obviously when that is complete termination of employment will follow. In the meantime Colley has been placed on leave and his uniforms, equipment and credentials have been collected. Our reputation means a great deal to us and he will be held accountable. It is a sad day for the Sheriff's Office family but this will not slow down our commitment to excellence and it is not a reflection on the fine men and women that serve this office and County so honorably. Our action will be swift and sure so there is no question about how we feel about someone that would break the law, most especially one of our own. We invest a lot in our personnel and expect the best out of them. I can't begin to describe how disappointed I am."

Colley is in the Jefferson County jail under a $30,000 bond.

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