Philadelphia Cop Gets Probation For Shaking Down Undercover ‘Panhandler’

By Tony Hanson

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A sticky-fingered Philadelphia police officer today pleaded guilty to stealing money from a woman he thought was a panhandler.  She was actually an undercover officer, and he was caught in a sting.

Former officer Kevin Workman, 48, was sentenced today to three years’ probation.  The 21-year veteran, who had been assigned to the 2nd District in Northeast Philadelphia, was fired after his arrest last year.

“Police had tips Officer Workman had a case of sticky fingers and was taking money from people he was arresting,” says prosecutor Michael Bonner, “so the Internal Affairs department set up an undercover sting in which they placed an undercover officer out in the community posing as a panhandler and gave her prerecorded money.”

Bonner says Workman quickly took the bait, taking $352 from the undercover officer and then letting her go.

Workman was arrested and the money was recovered (see previous story).

Workman has also been ordered to repay a couple of hundred dollars he stole from two other victims. He did not comment in court.

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  1. BRAINDEAD says:

    You lost your career over a couple hunderd dollars, Former officer Kevin Workman, 48, was sentenced today to three years’ probation. The 21-year veteran, who had been assigned to the 2nd District in Northeast Philadelphia, was fired after his arrest last year.Hey Lamont you big dummy.

  2. Tony says:

    Look at the stats pal. About 1% of Philly cops are corrupt. I guess that would be considered “many” for someone with more then likely a public school education. If you even have a job, how many are corrupt in your job? I can almost guarantee it’s more then 1%. Get a clue DOPE.

    1. JudgeJones says:

      Actually you’re quite right about the stats and quite wrong about the percentage. By the “stats” as you call them, 8% of the Philadelphia Police force has been dismissed or under some type of prosecution for crime or corruption. The total police force is about 6000 police. You do the math college man, that’s about 50 bad police that have been CAUGHT. I surely hope the next time you are confronted, you’ll get one of those 50.

      People don’t wind up with harsh prison sentances because the Walmart clerk is corrupt or because the gym teacher is having a bad day. Corrupt police cost innocent people thousands in legal fees and time behind bars. For an educated man, you’re delinquent in logic.

      1. Dave says:

        Hmmm… 8% of 6000? A simple way of estimating this is just doing 10% of 6000. That, of course, is 600. So, a simple glance of your math shows it to be off by a factor of about 10. Math is not the type of thing where guessing is allowed. (8% of 6000 is 480).

  3. Kevin Sebastian Williams says:

    Looks like Workman has worked his last man & woman. Stupid, petty and himself a criminal in maybe the best disguise, he proves that many cops themselves are licensed, gun-carrying thugs.

  4. Alec says:

    Oh gee, another corrupt philly cop, go figure. Since Charles Ramsey has been chief once a month we are seeing philly cops exposed. You never, never saw this under John Timoney. Timoney ran a tight ship and kept his officers in line, every month corruption is exposed. Great job philly, keep electing these liberal shysters and this is what you get. Big governent, big bosses, and corruption.

    1. Tony says:

      This is what happens when you hire from the bottom of the barrel. Thank God the residency requirement is now a thing of the past so you can actually hire some good men and women with college education living outside of Philly.

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