Loudoun Deputy Charged with Unlawfully Using Criminal Database

A Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office deputy was charged Wednesday with unlawfully using the Virginia Criminal Information Network for personal use.

Deputy First Class Usman E. Rafi, 37, of Ashburn faces with two felonies and 60 misdemeanor charges. He was placed on paid administrative leave in September and remains on leave pending the outcome of the case, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff’s Office detectives began an investigation after being contacted by a federal law enforcement agency. The investigation determined that between May 2014 and November 2016, Rafi used his official position to obtain information for the sale and resale of used vehicles and used his access to the Virginia Criminal Information Network to assist with the transactions. State Corporation Commission records show that Rafi formed a company, Amphibious Ryders LLC, on May 29, 2014.

Rafi was originally charged in October with one felony charge of misusing the VCIN database. He had been scheduled to appear in Loudoun County District Court last week for a preliminary hearing  on that charge. The case was continued.

On Dec. 20, he was charged with two felony counts of using computer to gather identifying information, 30 counts of misdemeanor dealer violations and 30 counts of misdemeanor open title violations.

Rafi turned himself in at the Loudoun County Adult Detention Center and was released from the ADC on an unsecured bond.

He is a 10-year veteran of the department, completing basic training in 2008 and earning certifications for police motorcycle operations earlier this year.

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