Feds drop charges against Cleveland cop in credit-card fraud scheme, but faces allegations of falsifying vehicle titles

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Federal prosecutors dropped charges against a Cleveland police officer in connection with a credit-card fraud scheme, but county prosecutors have charged him with falsifying titles to several cars.

US District Judge Dan Polster last week granted the US attorney’s request to drop charges against Rorell Dickerson.

Dickerson’s attorney, Craig Weintraub, said prosecutors never had evidence that Dickerson knew he was committing a crime when he accompanied another man to buy off-road vehicles with stolen credit-card information.

Dickerson, however, remains on unpaid leave from the department because Cuyahoga County prosecutors charged him in July with tampering with records and forgery in an unrelated case.

Cleveland police spokeswoman Sgt. Jennifer Ciaccia said an internal affairs investigation is on-going. Dickerson, 26, was hired by the police department in 2018.

Two others involved in the federal case— Larry Hicks and Antonio Johnson— both previously pleaded guilty and are awaiting sentencing.

Prosecutors said the group carried out a scheme in which Hicks bought stolen credit card information and opened credit card accounts. He recruited others to use the cards to buy items, including Cavaliers and Browns tickets, furniture, clothes and vehicles.

In the county case, Dickerson is accused of purposefully listing incorrect addresses when registering cars and applying for state-issued license plates, according to court records. In one incident in August 2021, he registered his car di lui to 881 East 152nd Street— The Fifth District Police Headquarters.

Dickerson also had similar issues in the past, according to court records.

He pleaded guilty on Aug. 10, 2021, to a misdemeanor count of obstructing official business in Parma Municipal Court in a case that initially was charged as a felony. In that case, he used a forged title – that listed an address he hadn’t lived in nearly a decade— as evidence that he owned a stolen dirt bike, according to court records. He was sentenced to six months on probation.

He was cited in February 2020 for reckless driving on a dirt bike in Cleveland and was sentenced to three years on probation in that case.

In 2019, he was suspended without pay for six days for improper conduct by an officer, according to city records.

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