Former Mobile Police Sergeant Michael Barber has been charged with one count of first-degree theft and 45 counts of second-degree forgery, the police department announced today.
The police department initially said Barber was charged with 15 counts of second-degree forgery.
Barber retired from the police department while he was under investigation by the police department, officials said. He served at the police department for 26 years.
The police department gave the results of their investigation to the Mobile County District Attorney's Office, which resulted in his arrest.
"We regret that Sergeant Barber's own actions resulted in criminal charges being brought against him, and it saddens us that his actions have caused a betrayal of trust to the badge and to the public," said Chief of Police Lawrence Battiste. "But this shows our resolve to hold everyone accountable for their actions as long as they wear the badge and uniform of a Mobile Police Department officer."
Barber was being held in Mobile County Jail Thursday afternoon.
Updated at 6:25 p.m. to clarify a police statement about Barber's charges.