St. Louis Cops Booked Following Charges in Alleged Payroll Scam

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St. Louis police officers Brian Jost (L) and Michael Langsdorf were among four cops charged with forgery and stealing. - IMAGES VIA SLMPD
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  • St. Louis police officers Brian Jost (L) and Michael Langsdorf were among four cops charged with forgery and stealing.

The four St. Louis city police officers charged on Thursday have now all been booked.

The officers are accused of larding their paychecks by inventing overtime hours.



Officers Brian Jost and Emin Talic posted $5,000 bonds and were released Friday. Officers Michael Langsdorf and Daniel O'Brien also bonded out after posting $3,000 bonds. They're charged with felony counts of forgery. All but O'Brien were also charged with felony-level stealing. He was charged with a misdemeanor count of stealing, less than $750.


At least three of the officers — Jost, Talic and Langsdorf — were assigned to a special federal task force that works drug cases throughout the St. Louis metro area. During a recent hearing in federal court on an unrelated task force case, the three were described as task force officers with the Drug Enforcement Administration-led team.

St. Louis police officer Emin Talic and Daniel O'Brien were among four cops charged in an alleged payroll scam. - IMAGES VIA SLMPD
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  • St. Louis police officer Emin Talic and Daniel O'Brien were among four cops charged in an alleged payroll scam.
City police and prosecutors have declined to talk about that aspect of the case or say whether O'Brien was part of the task force. The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, citing unnamed sources, reported that O'Brien recently joined the other three on a federal task force.

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