Alexandria police officer arrested on fraud charges


Loudoun County authorities arrested an Alexandria police officer on fraud charges for allegedly reselling a salvaged vehicle to at least one unwitting buyer.  
Angel Roa, who has served with the department for four years, is charged with obtaining money by fraud or false pretenses. Roa is now on administrative leave without pay pending the investigations findings, city authorities said. 
Roa allegedly bought the vehicle legally, but then sold it without telling the buyer it was titled as salvaged, said Kraig Troxell, spokesman for the Loudoun County Sheriffs Office. When the victim went to the Department of Motor Vehicles to get it titled, officials told them the vehicle wasnt roadworthy, he said. 
Troxell said there may be more than one victim and are pursuing the investigation.     
The Alexandria Police Department is likewise conducting an internal review, said Ashley Hildebrandt, spokeswoman. In a statement, Police Chief Earl Cook said his department takes a hard line against inappropriate behavior on the part of its employees.
Officer Roa is entitled to due process, however, I want to assure residents that the Alexandria Police [Department] does not tolerate criminal or other inappropriate behavior of any kind from its employees, Cook said. 
Roa isnt the first department employee to run into legal trouble in recent months. Det. Eric Ratliff was arrested on DUI charges after crashing his unmarked cruiser into a concrete pole on the corner of Gibbon and South Patrick streets in January.