A Houston Police officer is being accused of stealing money from people during traffic stops.
Officer Matthias Dornellien, 24, is charged with theft by a public servant, a 3rd-degree felony.
HPDs Internal Affairs Department set up a sting operation after receiving a complaint about Dornellian, a Harris County District Attorneys Office spokeswoman said.
An undercover officer posed as a citizen in a traffic stop.
When Dornellien ordered the officer out of the car, he reached into his pockets and pulled out more than $100 in marked bills.
Police stopped Dornellien shortly after he left the scene and recovered the marked bills.
An IAD investigation resulted in him being relieved of duty on Aug. 20.
Dornellien was sworn in as an officer on Nov. 9 and was assigned to the south central patrol division.
If convicted, he could face 2 to 10 years in prison and a fine up to $100,000.