Costa Mesa Cop Scandal Solved?
So Lobdell did what most investigative reporters do when they smell a cover-up: He started digging.
As Lobdell reports, that digging simply involved a trip to City Hall, where he pored over Shawkey's recent expense reports. He found that Shawkey had purchased hundreds of gallons of gasoline for his city-paid vehicle, using a city credit card, at gasoline stations as far away as Arizona, Utah and Nevada--not locations Costa Mesa cops typically patrol.
Smith, as Lobdell discovered, personally approved all of those expenses, meaning both men asserted the expenditures were for legitimate city business. Neither official would comment for Lobdell's story, and the reporter states he's unsure the illicit expenses would explain their sudden departure from the force. "If I were a betting man, I'd say the gas receipts are leading us in the right direction, but they aren't telling the whole story," Lobdell concludes.
"We'll keep digging."
Stay tuned. Meanwhile, you can read the rest of Lobdell's story here.