Los Angeles: On June 29, 2022, Police Officer II Crystal Lara, a 12–year veteran of the Los Angeles Police Department, assigned to Southwest Area, was arrested in the City of Los Angeles on a felony arrest warrant for Forgery.
The Los Angeles Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division investigated altered doctor’s notes Officer Lara submitted to the Department for medical benefits. Internal Affairs Division in partnership with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office established probable cause to believe the doctor’s notes were forged. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office filed charges against Officer Lara for Forgery.
Officer Lara was booked at Metropolitan Detention Center, Booking No. 6408519, and released after posting $20,000 bail. Officer Lara has been relieved of her police powers.
Internal Affairs Division, under Professional Standards Bureau, is responsible for investigating criminal and administrative allegations of misconduct against Department employees. The goal of the Department is to aggressively investigate fraud and abuse of benefits within the Workers’ Compensation system.