Dallas Police Officer Reginald Jones is being accused of recruiting other fellow officers and civilians into a "gifting circle." According to WFAA, Jones has been indicted by a grand jury, along with two other people connected to the scheme.
Jones is facing a state jail felony for his pyramid promotional scheme. According to the arrest warrant affidavit, Officer Jones asked participants to send him $100, $1400, and $500 through CashApp and told them to bring two more people into the gifting circle and they too would make money.
Jones eventually met and was interviewed by police. He confirmed that there is no exchange of goods or services for the money the participants pay into the pyramid scheme. Jones had 159 participants in this scheme and made over $48,000 in money transfers. Police arrested Jones and have now announced that 12 more officers are being investigated. These other officers were not indicted and for some, their cases did not reach the grand jury, because they cooperated with the investigation.
Those who had not been criminally charged are allowed to return to work as their cases are being looked over through the Internal Affairs Division to see if they violated any department policies. Dallas Morning News reported that Dallas Police Reserve Officer Brad Deason was also indicted as part of the case.
Texas law states that operating a pyramid scheme or recruiting people is a state felony and those convicted could face six months to two years in a state jail as well as a fine up to $10,000.