Police Officer Faces Perjury Charge in Child Support Case

Police Officer Michael Martinez was accused of filing false payroll statements and lying to a family court judge in an attempt to pay lower child support payments. 

An investigation into the alleged child support con showed that the 40-year-old cop withheld over $15,000 dollars in support payments before his son turned 21-years-old.

Martinez's lawyer, John Tyman entered a plea of not guilty today in Brooklyn Supreme Court after Justice Danny Chun charged the officer with perjury, grand larceny, and criminal possession of a forged instrument.

Officer Martinez, who is on modified duty working for the Manhattan Housing Bureau, remained quiet while court was in session and refused to answer any questions from reporters as he left the courtroom.

Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, who was quoted in the New York Post today, called the charges "particularly disturbing because these offenses were allegedly committed by a police officer to deprive his child of needed financial support."

Officer Martinez is scheduled to be back in court in September.


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