Pittsburgh police Officer Montgomery-Ford says in statement she is not investigation target

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Pittsburgh police Officer Tonya Montgomery-Ford, whom the bureau placed on paid administrative leave Feb. 21, said in a statement released today she does not believe she is "a target of the federal investigation" into alleged diversion of payments for officers' secondary employment.

Warner Macklin III -- spokesman for Officer Montgomery-Ford, her mother and bureau civilian employee Kim Montgomery as well as Tamara Davis, another bureau civilian -- added in the statement that she wants to return to work.

"She's not been subpoenaed to testify before a grand jury or other investigative body, nor has she been requested for an interview by the FBI," according to the statement.

Ms. Montgomery and Ms. Davis are also on paid leave.

"Any future requests by the FBI or United States Attorney's Office to speak with Officer Ford will be coordinated through counsel, as is standard procedure in these types of investigations," according to the statement.

Ms. Montgomery-Ford is being represented by attorney Meagan F. Temple.

Mr. Macklin could not be reached for immediate comment.

"We are unaware of any grounds upon which the decision to place her on leave is based," according to the statement. "To this day, she's not received any information as to why this decision was made.

"Officer Ford steadfastly denies allegations of her involvement in any illegal or improper conduct and looks forward to being returned to duty soon," the statement continued, adding that she has worked honorably for the bureau for 19 years.

Last month FBI agents took documents from bureau headquarters and from the Greater Pittsburgh Police Federal Credit Union.

Bureau officials have said that the investigation appears to focus on alleged diversion of secondary employment payments to accounts at the credit union not authorized to receive city money.

From there they may have been used to pay for law enforcement expenses but also restaurant bills and a commander's promotion party, according to accounts emerging from bureau headquarters.

Bureau finance manager Sandra J. Ganster is also on paid leave and through her attorney has said she wants to return to work.

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Rich Lord: rlord@post-gazette.com, 412-263-1542 and on Twitter: @richelord.


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