The former IT boss for the Metropolitan Police Department has been charged with theft for allegedly using city-funded cell phone service after he was fired, according to court records.
Travis Hudnall was fired as the executive director of MPD’s Office of Information and Technology in June 2010, according to a report in the Examiner. (The report is no longer online.) Once hailed by Police Chief Cathy Lanier as a” visionary,” Hudnall was escorted out his office and a police bulletin issued not let him in any MPD facilities, the Examiner reported. The paper cited unnamed sources saying that Hudnall clashed repeatedly with then Mayor Adrian Fenty‘s “tech bureaucrats.”
But police say Hudnall, whose job included purchasing cell phone plans for MPD, kept using his city-owned cell phone and was making regular calls for six months after he was fired, until MPD eventually disconnected his service. Police say Hudnall’s post-MPD phone usage cost the taxpayers $323.65.
Hudnall has pleaded not guilty to the misdemeanor theft charge. His attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
A warrant was issued for Hudnall’s arrest in early 2011, and reissued in January of this year per the request of the U.S. Attorney’s Office, according to court records.