Montgomery police officer indicted on identity theft charges

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA)A veteran Montgomery police officer is under arrest and charged with two counts of identity theft. Bradley Howard Pemberton, 41, a sergeant with the Montgomery Police Department, is facing federal wire fraud and identity theft charges said Leura G. Canary, United States Attorney.

The MPD placed Pemberton on mandatory leave with pay effective Feb. 10, 2011. The department has since "initiated proceedings to terminate Pemberton's employment," according to Director Chris Murphy of the Montgomery Police Department. He's been with the department since 1994.

The indictment, which was unsealed Friday, alleges that through his position with MPD, Pemberton was authorized to access the Law Enforcement Tactical System ("LETS"), which is maintained by the Alabama Criminal Justice Information Center ("ACJIC").

LETS provides law enforcement personnel with Alabama drivers license information, including a driver's Social Security number, date of birth, and home address.  This information is to be used for law enforcement purposes only.

Pemberton is accused of using LETS on December 2, 2008, to obtain the Social Security number and date of birth of an individual with the initials "BNP."

Pemberton then applied for a Discover Card credit card over the Internet using his own address, but BNP's name, Social Security number, and date of birth.

Discover Card opened an account based on the application, and Pemberton used the account to make payments on a previously fraudulently obtained American Express card account.