UPPER MARLBORO, MD (August 25, 2022) – Today, a Prince George’s County Grand Jury has returned indictments charging 13 current Prince George’s County police officers and one retired County police officer with misconduct in office, along with felony and misdemeanor theft scheme.
The officers that have been charged in 14 separate indictments range in rank from police officer first class to corporal and are as follows:
Corporal Nick Agapov, age 39
Corporal Anthony Brooke, age 30
Corporal Kyle Cook, age 32
Corporal Matthew Cotillo, age 31
Corporal Brandon Farley, age 34
Corporal Chris Hall, age 45
Corporal Jonathan Haskett, age 29
Corporal Joshua Hitchens, age 32
Retired Corporal James Lubonski, age 33
Private First Class John Mcintosh, age 33
Corporal Matthew Obordo, age 33
Corporal Michael O’Connell, age 33
Private First Class Christopher Oliver, age 32
Corporal Travis Popielarcheck, age 30
This case, which was initiated by the Internal Affairs Division of the Prince George’s Police Department, stemmed from a separate but related case involving a former county police officer who was indicted by a Federal Grand Jury and pled guilty earlier this year. The investigation uncovered evidence that at some point between January 17, 2019, and March 27, 2021, fourteen county police officers concealed overlapping secondary employment shifts from the police department.
Of the 14 officers, seven of them are charged with an additional count of misconduct in office for submitting falsified information to the secondary employer.
Additionally, thirteen of the officers are charged with theft scheme of at least $1,500 to under $25,000, and one of the defendants is charged with theft scheme of at least $100 to under $1,500 for stealing from Prince George’s County. If convicted, these officers are potentially facing up to five years in prison for the felony theft charges. There is no maximum sentence for misconduct in office.
The indictments were announced by Prince George’s County State’s Attorney Aisha Braveboy, who was joined by Prince George’s Police Chief Malik Aziz and Barry Stanton, deputy chief administrative officer, Public Safety and Homeland Security for Prince George’s County.
“This is an unprecedented case in which 14 officers have been indicted in a theft and misconduct scheme. In the face of the recent surge in crime that we have seen in the last several weeks, it is very difficult to have to bring a case like this to the public. However, we cannot, and will not, overlook these crimes,” said State’s Attorney Braveboy. “Police officers are sworn to protect and serve the public, and they take an oath to uphold the law. These indictments demonstrate our commitment to pursuing justice regardless of a suspect’s race, gender, religion, or occupation.”