Trial underway for first of 4 St. Louis officers accused of overtime pay forgery

ST. LOUIS- The the first of four St. Louis Police Officers accused of stealing overtime pay stood trial in St. Louis Circuit Court Monday.

Our partners at The Post- Dispatch report Officer Brian Jost is on trial for felony charges of pocketing thousands of dollars in overtime pay for work he didn't do.

Jost and officers Michael Langsdorf and Emin Talic were charged last year with felony stealing and felony forgery.

St. Louis Circuit Attorney Kim Gardner’s office on April 5th filed felony stealing and forgery charges against officers Brian Jost, Michael Langsdorf and Emin Talic. Officer Daniel O’Brien is charged with felony forgery and misdemeanor stealing.

The attorney for all four officers, Brian Millikan, told theSt. Louis Post-Dispatch that the officers deny the allegations. He blamed “an accounting issue.”

Gardner says in a statement that she hopes the charges “send a clear message” that violators of the public trust will be held accountable.