Former TPD officer arrested for fraud

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Former TPD officer arrested for fraud

By Sasha Loftis. CREATED Nov 20, 2013

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV)- Tucson Police have arrested a former officer for fraud. The same man was arrested on sexual abuse charges in August and terminated from the department.

TPD started this fraud investigation in August, when department employees voiced concerns that Gaballa might be keping prohibited weapons, according to Sgt. Maria Hawke.

They obtained a search warrant of his home and discovered a questionable motorcycle in his garage. They later found Gaballa had reported the vehicle stolen to the Pima County Sheriff's Office in June of 2012.

Since officers found the supposed stolen motorcycle in his possession, Gaballa was arrested for one count of fraudulent schemes and artifices, one count of forgery and one count of defrauding secured creditors. These are all felony offenses.

In August, the 24-year-old was charged with two counts of both sexual abuse and sexual assault. The Pima County Jail advised police that a female prisoner made allegations against Gaballa, claiming he engaged in "inappropriate conduct."

Because of this, Gaballa was fired from the department, according to police.

Tucson Police are still investigating his possible possession of illegal weapons. Gaballa was booked into the Pima County Jail.