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  • Thinking About Lying On Your Background?

    For those of you thinking about lying on your personal history questionnaire, there is at least one department out there that won't stop at DQing you, apparently they will prosecute you criminally as well.


    Penn Township police applicant charged

    By Paul Paterra
    Saturday, April 30, 2011

    Penn Township police have charged a Scottdale man who allegedly lied on his employment application while trying to join the department.

    Mark Robert Castin, 28, of 107 Dubois St., was charged Thursday with unsworn falsification to authorities. He was arraigned before District Judge Helen Kistler and released on $5,000 unsecured bond.

    Castin turned in the application Feb. 18.

    He allegedly responded untruthfully when he answered "no" to a question about whether he had been discharged, asked to resign, furloughed or put on inactive status for any position, a criminal complaint said.

    A background check uncovered that Castin has been suspended with pay since December 2009 from the Prince George's County Police Department in Maryland, it alleged.

    He faces a disciplinary action hearing in May and could be subject to termination from the Prince George's department, which he joined in 2004, according to the complaint.

    Police Chief John Otto of Penn Township said Castin had emerged as the top candidate among about 40 applicants for a vacancy in the department.

    "There was something in this kid's information packet that just didn't add up," Otto said. "Detective (Todd) DeNillo was able to sort through some things, and in a day or two it became very apparent this man wasn't truthful with us."

    Otto said he was upset with the development in his first interview process as chief.

    "It's not a good feeling when somebody tries to take advantage of you, sneak something past you," Otto said. "When you find out this is someone in the law enforcement field, it makes you angry. You've got to control those emotions and work through the factual information."

    Castin is scheduled for a preliminary hearing June 21 before Kistler.
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  • #2
    Wow...the officer should have just resigned first...now he is in a world of hurt.


    • #3
      LOL... Never seen anyone charged with that before. Good luck to the agency....I hope they zing his *** good.....


      • #4
        As well they should be criminally charged.


        • #5
          Originally posted by usamarshal View Post
          Wow...the officer should have just resigned first...now he is in a world of hurt.
          Why would it have mattered if he resigned? He was probably not forthcoming applying for his first dept.


          • #6
            I would bet there is more to that then what appears. Like the chief of PG county PD aasking for charges so they can terminate their officer instead of suspend him.
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            • #7
              So let me get this right. The officer has been on suspension with pay since 2009 (almost a year and a half later no doubt) and his administrative hearing with that department is scheduled for May right after he is charged with falsifying information to another department in april. I've been doing this long enough to say his prior department didn't have enough to fire him and played the waiting game with him to see if he would resign first. Looks like he called their bluff and sat back collecting his pay.
              So, when he goes to apply for another department and is not forthcoming about his current inactive status, he is charged with a crime and screws himself in the end. Sounds fishy on both sides. However, Had he just told the truth then he would possibly be working for another department and moving on with his career.


              • #8
                Chiefs playing politics gotta love it lol!


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