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Former detective arraigned Friday


February 9, 2020

CLOVIS — Former Clovis police Detective Francisco Hernandez, 33, was arraigned Friday morning on misdemeanor charges of embezzlement and tampering with evidence.

Hernandez is accused of taking $166 from a criminal suspect arrested on unspecified charges on or around July 29. Records show the money was never returned to the owner or logged into evidence after the arrest.

Pictures of the money taken after the arrest and logged in the department's digital evidence server were found by investigating officers and officers later found $141 in Hernandez's desk, which they documented using a body cam. Serial numbers on the missing money matched serial numbers found on the money in Hernandez’s desk, records show. When asked about the money, Hernandez claimed it was saved Christmas money, reports show.

A pre-trial for the case has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on March 10 and Hernandez was released with conditions. Hernandez declined to comment, but stated he would be hiring an attorney to represent him.

Hernandez resigned from his position at the police department on Jan. 10.

If found guilty on either charge, Hernandez could face a $500 fine and six months in custody.


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