Federal indictments: Columbus Police fire two officers

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Two Columbus police officers are on the other side of the law, after being arrested on federal charges.

The indictments came down from a grand jury in Macon, GA on Wednesday against Corporal Ronnie Duckworth and Officer Yolanda Black-Burton.

According to the indictment, Duckworth is charged with falsification and removal of a motorcycle vin number, as well as transporting that stolen motorcycle from Georgia to South Carolina.

Black-Burton is charged with misprison of a felony and false statements.

The indictment alleges that she knew about a scheme by her ex-boyfriend to file a false insurance claim for supposedly stolen vehicles and never reported it to police.

"They will not be treated any differently than any other citizen. If they break the law, I will try my best to make sure they no longer work in this department," said Ricky Boren, Chief of the Columbus Police Department.

Black-Burton was arrested Friday morning at the police department. Duckworth was actually on military leave from the police department, he was serving for the Air Force in Kuwait.

He was arrested in Atlanta Thursday night after being transported back from the Middle East.

Black-Burton was let out on bond on her own recognizance, while Duckworth will have to pay a $500 bond to get out of jail.

Both pleaded not guilty to the charges against them.

If convicted, Black- Burton faces up to 8 years and $500,000 in fines.

Duckworth could be facing 15 years and also a $500,000 fine as well.

Both have been terminated by the police department.

These two are the latest on the list of officers this year who have been fired from the department because of alleged illegal activity.