Officer Faces Charges After Forging Women’s Community Service

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – Charges have been filed against a former Bel-Ridge police officer, which claims he made a false declaration regarding a woman’s community service.

Bel-Ridge Police says 54-year-old Paul Bedsworth wrote a letter using the department’s letterhead falsely saying she had completed her community service hours. The woman, Paula Muscarella, then gave it to her probation officer.

The Post-Dispatch reports that Muscarella told police she had agreed to help cater Bedsworth’s wedding in exchange for the letter.

The charge against Bedsworth is a Class B misdemeanor. Muscarella has been charged with tampering with evidence.

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