A Roanoke County police officer was arrested Tuesday, accused of submitting bogus timesheets over the last two years.

Steven W. McChesney, 33, is charged with one count of obtaining money by false pretense in excess of $200, and two counts of the same charge in excess of $500, according to a Roanoke County news release. McChesney was arrested Tuesday and released on a $2,500 bond, the release said.

The release said a June internal investigation found time recorded but not worked over a two-year period. McChesney was placed on paid administrative leave then.

McChesney worked for the department from 2013 to 2015, left for a period and returned in 2016, according to the release.

He is now on unpaid administrative leave, according to county spokeswoman Amy Whittaker.

“We aren’t able to provide further information about the employee or investigation at this time,” she said.

Lynchburg Commonwealth’s Attorney Bethany Harrison is the special prosecutor for the case.

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Matt Chittum covers Roanoke City. A Roanoke native, he’s been at the Roanoke Times for more than two decades, having overcome an inauspicious start with a part-time clerical job.

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