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East St. Louis ex-police chief Floore charged with falsifying work as MetroLink guard

Michael Floore
Michael Floore

An East St. Louis police officer who formerly served as the department’s chief is facing charges that he defrauded the government by falsely claiming to have done work for MetroLink.

Michael Floore was charged Thursday with seven counts of public contractor misconduct.

The arrest warrant said Floore, on seven different occasions, purported to be working as a security guard at MetroLink when in fact he did not work the hours. Floore sought compensation from Bi-State Development for security work he purportedly did on Feb. 22, 23, 29, and on March 24 and March 28, according to the charges.

The charges state that he was working as a contractor for Bi-State Development Agency, which operates MetroLink.

The charges against Floore are class 3 felonies.

Floore, of Swansea, was arrested Thursday and he posted $1,000 in cash for bond and was released from the St. Clair County Jail. He could not immediately be reached for comment Thursday.

In April, Floore was placed on administrative leave from the East St. Louis Police Department after it came to light that he was being investigated in regard to his work at MetroLink. Illinois State Police were brought in to conduct the investigation.

The charges against Floore were issued by St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly.

Floore, after being replaced as chief in 2015 when a new mayor took over, was demoted to work the streets as a patrolman on the midnight shift. Later, he was assigned to a school as a school resource officer. That was his assignment at the time he was placed on administrative leave.

East St. Louis City Manager Courtney Logan said he cannot comment on the charges or anything pertaining to the case. He said Floore remained on paid administrative leave as of Thursday, pending further investigation.

Floore was chief of police from January 2012 to July 2015. Mayor Emeka Jackson-Hicks removed Floore as chief shortly after she took office in 2015.

▪  In 2005, former Police Chief Ronald Matthews left the post after being indicted on federal perjury and obstruction charges. Matthews was convicted and went to prison.

▪  In 2012, former Police Chief Michael Baxton Sr. resigned after he was caught caught stealing four Xbox 360 game systems in an undercover investigation of corruption in neighboring Alorton, where he had previously served as police chief. The game consoles were in a bait car set up by the FBI.