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Ex-cop charged for making up stories

April 3, 2009 6:03:12 AM PDT
A former Los Angeles police officer who claimed he was shot outside his City Terrace home and had his car stolen was charged with making up both stories. Anthony Razo, 49, was charged in superior court Wednesday with five felony and two misdemeanor charges.

He allegedly torched his BMW 745, reported it stolen for an insurance claim and filed a false police report in January. A few weeks later Razo claimed he was attacked in a separate incident by two men, one of whom he said shot him with his own department-issued gun.

Prosecutors and Los Angeles County sheriff's officials would not provide details on the investigation or how Razo was shot.

"Mr. Razo is addressing personal problems, while cooperating with the investigators to minimize any additional impact recent events will have on the department and the community," said his attorney Glen Jonas.

LAPD Officer Karen Smith confirmed that Razo resigned last week. He is expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.

The president of the union representing LAPD officers said he's "deeply disturbed" by the charges, adding that he hopes "the allegations against one former officer do not tarnish the trust and respect the public has for the department as a whole."


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