ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Police say a man who works for the military in Washington, D.C., forged an Albuquerque police report last spring to keep his security clearance and clear his bad credit.
Christopher Osby, 36, was booked into county jail Tuesday night on charges of forgery, theft of identity and impersonating a peace officer.
According to a criminal complaint filed in Metropolitan Court, a U.S. Air Force investigator contacted the Albuquerque Police Department in June after the investigator was given a fraudulent APD report from a major credit bureau. Police say at the time, the investigator was doing a background check on Osby and discovered he had “questionable financial issues.”
According to the complaint, the fraudulent report was not filled out to the department’s standards, with many errors, and Osby forged the name of an APD detective at the bottom.
“The text differences are an automatic red flag that stands out,” a detective wrote.
According to the complaint, Osby used a legitimate police report as a “template.”
The details of the original police report are unclear and a police spokesman did not immediately respond to questions.
Police say Osby has “bad credit” and forged the report to “fix” his credit.
“This fraudulent report would only benefit (Osby) in order for him to obtain and hold a security clearance,” a detective wrote. “(Osby) is still currently working on a military base in a classified work environment and still currently holds a security clearance.”
According to a June 29 bankruptcy filing, Osby worked for 17 years as a U.S. Air Force budget analyst at the National Reconnaissance Office in Virginia.
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