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Dispatcher placed on unpaid leave

By Staff | Dec 3, 2011

A Cape Coral emergency dispatcher accused of selling imitation designer purses and handbags is no longer getting paid while on forced leave.

Contracia Tyecka Hopkins, 35, was placed on paid administrative leave following a Nov. 18 arrest for one count of counterfeiting of private labels $1,000 or more. She has been an employee for the city for four years.

Her status with the city was pending a future administrative hearing.

Lt. Tony Sizemore, spokesman for the Cape police, explained Wednesday that the internal administrative hearing was held within the past several days.

“She’s on administrative leave without pay until the resolution of her court case,” he said of the decision made at the hearing.

Hopkins’ current annual salary is $36,400, according to officials.

Andrei Demetrius Hopkins, 42, also was arrested and charged on Nov. 18 with one count of counterfeiting of private labels $1,000 or more.

They each have since posted bail and been released from jail.

Neither could immediately be reached for comment Wednesday. They both have a court appearance scheduled for Dec. 19.