The Mobile Police Department relieved Cpl. Donald Pears from duty on Dec. 16 when an eight-count indictment was handed down for the Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange’s office.
Pears has been charged with four counts of Willful Attempt to Evade or Defeat Tax and four counts of Willful Fraud and False Statement.
Pears, who has served the Mobile Police Department for over 42 years, has been relieved of his duties as a homicide detective and been reassigned to administrative duty pending an investigation by the Department’s Internal Affairs.
Currently the department is also investigating allegations of improper spending related to trips taken by the Police Explorers program, as well as an investigation of Third Precinct Commander Carla Longmire’s alleged sexual relationship with a subordinate officer while on duty.
Strange’s Special Prosecutions Division presented evidence to a Mobile County grand jury Dec. 9, resulting in Pears’ indictment.
The AG’s office is not releasing anymore information at this time.
If convicted, Pears faces a penalty of five years imprisonment and a $100,000 fine for each of the counts of income tax evasion, and three years imprisonment and a fine of $100,000 for each of the counts of filing false returns.
Strange commended Assistant Attorney General Bill Lisenby and thanked Alabama Revenue Commissioner Julie P. Magee, Assistant Attorney General and Assistant Counsel Glen Powers, and agents of the Alabama Department of Revenue for their work on the case.