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Charges Dropped For Former Jasper Police Captain


A former police captain accused of grand theft and misconduct is no longer facing charges.

James Michael Cohen | Arrested

Updated by Julie Montanaro
May 14, 2014

A former police captain accused of grand theft and misconduct is no longer facing charges.

The assistant state attorney just dropped all charges against former Jasper Police Captain James "Mikes" Cohen.

Cohen was arrested in December and accused of getting paid by Hamilton County and the City of Jasper at the same time

Court papers say he was seen umpiring softball games for the rec department while on duty.

Cohen's attorney says several witnesses testified he did it with the chief's knowledge and approval. He says Cohen was stunned by the arrest.

"You're a longtime law enforcement officer. You've been held up by numerous publications for your good work with the youth, going above and beyond. You've had a distinguished military career and when these charges came down, it's pretty devastating," said Dave Collins, Cohen's Attorney.

The assistant state attorney said in his notice that these charges "cannot be proven beyond and to the exclusion of a reasonable doubt."


By: WCTV Eyewitness News
December 18, 2013, 2pm

Jasper, FL -- 54-year-old James Michael Cohen, a former Jasper Police Captain, was arrested on Monday. He’s charged with one count of official misconduct, one count of grand theft, and one count of cheating.

Cohen resigned from the police department on November 15th this year.

According to police records, Cohen between, on or about, Oct. 10 and Nov. 12, 2013, unlawfully and with a corrupt intent to obtain benefit to himself, received unearned payment of funds from the city of Jasper for hours of unperformed police duties by falsifying official time report documents.

He also faces a charge of grand theft III for obtaining that payment of at least $300 but less than $5,000.


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