By Rick Sallinger

DENVER (CBS4)– The Colorado State Lodge of the Fraternal Order of Police is accusing the Denver District Attorney’s Office of obtaining what it calls a “politically motivated indictment” of one of its past presidents.

Frank Gale is facing six charges related to using funds that were to belong to a charity.

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Frank Gale (credit: CBS)

Ecumenical Refugee and Immigration Services was to receive some $50,000 in restitution money from an unrelated case.

Gale was the organization’s board president, now he is accused of taking a large portion of that money for himself.

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Gale is well known a past president of the state Fraternal Order of Police, which issued a statement calling him “a man of the highest integrity.”

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The statement adds, “The FOP believes this is a politically motivated investigation purposely targeting a prominent individual.”

Back in 2008 when CBS4 investigator Rick Sallinger discovered a secret lockup being prepared for protestors at the Democratic National Convention, Gale was the spokesman for the Denver Sheriffs Department.

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He later served as chief of the Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center in downtown Denver before he was fired. He was accused of giving preferential treatment to an arrested deputy.

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The Van Cise-Simonet Detention Center (credit: denvergov.org)

The indictment claims Gale laundered money by placing the charity’s money in bank accounts he controlled. Some of it was allegedly withdrawn through ATMs. CBS4 attempted to seek out Gale to get his response to the charges which also include forgery to obtain the charity’s truck. He was not at his home and his attorney did not return a call.

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The state FOP called the charges “baseless” but the Denver District Attorney’s office issued a statement, “The indictment speaks for itself, an indictment returned by independent community members serving on the grand jury after hearing evidence presented by career prosecutors with decades of experience in the DA’s Office.”

CBS4’s Rick Sallinger is a Peabody award winning reporter who has been with the station more than two decades doing hard news and investigative reporting. Follow him on Twitter @ricksallinger.

Comments
  1. Michael Corn says:

    CBS fails to mention that Gale, in 10 years, by race reverse discrimination, was taken from desk duty at the hated and Federal US Constitution amendment 4 violating impoundment yard to a LT, and quickly moved up to captain and deputy chief of the downtown detention center. He has been FIRED three times and sued the City, at great cost to the Taxpayers and got his same job back. He beat prisoners. As a deputy chief, he allowed a female Captain, who happened to be his friend, the then sheriff Wilson’s ex wife officer who was caught on a DUI, allowed her, who was the ex-Sheriff’s wife, to be escorted out of the original hearing in full uniform and not to be processed out of the jail. The entire police and sheriff management complained about his lying. He has personally told me that “he did not know that a prisoner needs to be processed out of custody, which takes 4-8 hours. He is a liar of the first level. There is no doubt that putting money into his personal account is embezzlement. He should not be allowed bail and should be put into solitary confinement in our empty CSP II state prison that should be named the Ari Zavaras memorial prison, a $205 million dollar chain that stands empty today. The state FOP calling the current charges “baseless” is a further example of what Chief of Police White calls the most corrupt department, in a 45 year career, that he has ever seen, and resigned his post
    The current sheriff, after an independent commission examined the sheriff’s operations, can only say “….we are working on it”

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