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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Virginia prison guard smuggles heroin, a Pennsylvania cop steals and uses it, and a New Jersey cop pays off a prostitute with it, and that's just some of the crooked cop action this week. Let's get to it:

In Camden, New Jersey, a Camden sheriff's officer is facing possible criminal charges for trading seized heroin for sex with a prostitute for more than a year. Officer Thomas Smith told investigators the prostitute was a confidential informant and he only gave her cigarettes. He has been offered a deal by prosecutors: plead guilty to a third degree crime and resign, or face more serious official misconduct charges. In a letter received by his attorney, prosecutors said the prostitute told investigators he gave her drugs he was supposed to destroy in an incinerator.

In Monroe, Louisiana, a former Monroe K-9 officer was arrested last Monday for stealing methamphetamine that was being used to train his drug dog. Kenneth Johnson, 40, was holding 36 grams of meth when he was arrested. He is charged with theft, malfeasance, and meth possession. He had resigned the previous week after the police chief announced he was under investigation.

In Berwick, Pennsylvania, a former Berwick police officer was arrested last Friday on charges he ripped off more than 800 packets of heroin from the evidence locker to support his drug habit. Christian Wilson, 30, faces four counts of theft and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Wilson went down after the Berwick Police Special Operations Group got information that he was using and requested the Attorney General's Office take over the investigation. The investigation turned up video surveillance footage of Wilson taking packages of syringes from the station, and when he was interviewed in July, he admitted being strung out. He then gave agents consent to search his home, where they found an empty evidence envelope that at one time contained 831 packages of heroin. Wilson admitted using all the dope himself.

In Little Rock, Arkansas, a state probation and parole officer was arrested Monday on charges she accepted money from drug traffickers under her supervision. Roxanne Davis, 38, is accused of accepting payments from a paroled murderer and a man who was on probation for two drug trafficking convictions. In return for the cash, Davis didn't enforce their parole and probation conditions and alerted the probationer to investigators looking into his trafficking activities. Davis went down as part of Operation Delta Blues, which has snared a dozen law enforcement personnel and dozens of others in its investigation of trafficking and corruption in the West Memphis area.

In Newark, New Jersey, a Paterson police officer was arrested Monday on charges he conspired to plant drugs on a person and then falsely arrest him. Officer Marmoud Rabboh, 43, allegedly plotted with three other persons to do the dirty deed, and they actually pulled it off in February, falsely arresting an innocent man, with Rabboh pulling him over in his police squad car. But one of the co-conspirators was actually an FBI snitch, and now Rabboh is charged with conspiracy to violate civil rights and with deprivation of civil rights under color of law. The first charge carries s a maximum potential penalty of 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $250,000. The second charge carries a maximum potential penalty of one year in prison and a fine of up to $100,000.

In Richmond, Virginia, a former federal prison guard was sentenced last Friday to a year in federal prison for conspiring to smuggle heroin into the Federal Correctional Complex in Petersburg over a three-year period. Former guard Kief Jackson, 49, conspired with an inmate in the prison to smuggle heroin in from 2008 until October 2011. Jackson met with acquaintances of the inmate to obtain heroin on multiple occasions, and after the inmate was released, he provided the heroin directly to Jackson. He went down after the FBI opened an investigation, then stopped him on his way to work last October and found a package of heroin in his vehicle.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A Louisiana cop gets strung out in a hurry, a Florida cop is has car problems, a Kentucky state trooper has perv problems, and one member of a rogue New Jersey drug squad heads to prison. Let's get to it:

In Monroe, Louisiana, a Monroe police officer resigned August 29 after he tested positive for methamphetamine following a traffic incident. K-9 Officer Kenneth Johnson is currently under criminal investigation for allegedly stealing the drugs from another agency. He had access to them for the purpose of training his drug dog. Although the drugs are placed in sealed containers, Johnson claimed he got some on his finger, tasted it, then used it several times and became addicted. He could face charges of malfeasance in office, theft, and meth possession.

In Miami Beach, a Miami Beach police officer was arrested last Wednesday on charges stemming from a drug trafficking case. Officer George Navarro Jr. is charged with charged with two counts of false statement of financial condition and two counts each of obtaining a vehicle by trick and unlawful subleasing of a vehicle. He is accused of being a "straw purchaser" of vehicles associated with a ring that stole and dismantled cars. The drug trafficking connection was reported, but is not clear.

In London, Kentucky, a former Kentucky State Police trooper was sentenced Tuesday to six years and two months in prison for trying to trade a woman drugs in exchange for sex. Michael Pennington went down in September 2011, when he went to the woman's residence on official duty and spotted pills. He confiscated the pills, then told her he would not arrest or charge her if she had sex with him. The next day, he showed up while off duty and offered her a Lortab in exchange for sex, but the woman had already complained to the State Police, who were waiting there to arrest him. He pleaded guilty to two counts of drug trafficking and carrying a firearm while trafficking prescription narcotics.

In Camden, New Jersey, a former Camden police officer was sentenced last Friday to 10 years in federal prison for his part in a rogue elite anti-drug police unit that routinely stole drugs and cash from dealers and users, planted drugs on suspects, and falsified police reports. Antonio Figueroa, 36, was convicted in December of three counts of conspiring to violate the civil rights of city residents. Three other squad members have pleaded guilty, while a fifth was tried with Figueroa, but found not guilty. The case has spawned dozens of lawsuits brought by defendants whose convictions were vacated or overturned after details of an FBI investigation into the corruption charges were made public and resulted in the Camden County Prosecutor's Office's deciding to vacate or dismiss charges against nearly 200 defendants, many of whom had been convicted or pleaded guilty. Some were serving jail terms.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

The Murray County, Georgia, scandal keeps unraveling, another prison guard goes down, and a pair of South Texas deputies are going away for awhile. Let's get to it:

In Spring Place, Georgia, a Murray County sheriff's deputy was fired last Wednesday for arresting a woman on drug charges after she refused the sexual advances of a magistrate court judge before whom she was appearing. Deputy Josh Greeson got the boot for pulling over Angela Garmley and charging her with ecstasy possession after she rejected and complained about advances from Chief Magistrate Bryant Cochran. After the Georgia Bureau of Investigation got involved last month, the charges were quickly dropped. Now Cochran has resigned, although he said it was not because of these allegations, and Greeson is gone, but Capt. Michael Henderson, Cochran's cousin is still under investigation and on paid leave. No word yet on any possible criminal charges, which Garmley's attorney is calling for.

In Lost Gap, Mississippi, a prison guard was arrested last Friday after being caught bringing drugs into the prison. Elena Lindsey, 26, was employed at the East Mississippi Correctional Facility. She is charged with possession of marijuana and cocaine in a correctional facility. Her bond was set at $20,000.

In Corpus Christi, Texas, two former Duval County sheriff's deputies pleaded guilty last Thursday to ripping off 22 pounds of cocaine from a drug supplier. Former deputies Ruben Silva, 35, and Victor Carrillo, 27, conducted a traffic stop using a patrol vehicle while in uniform so the drug dealer would think law enforcement had seized the drugs. They then delivered 13 pounds of the drugs to a third man, who paid them $6,000 for their efforts. They pleaded guilty to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and are looking at from 10 years to life in prison when they are sentenced November 16.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

There's something funny going on in Georgia, the DEA is investigating missing drug evidence in West Virginia, more prison guards get in a trouble, and an Alabama cop gets caught with sticky fingers. Just another week of drug-related law enforcement corruption. Let's get to it:

In Spring Place, Georgia, accusations of planting drugs and more are being investigated by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. A local woman, Angela Garmley, has accused Magistrate Court Judge Bryant Cochran of asking her to be his mistress. After she refused, she was arrested for methamphetamine possession, but claimed the drugs were planted in a metal box under her car by Murray County sheriff's deputies. Cochran resigned the day after Garmley was arrested, but claimed his resignation was over pre-signed search warrants (!), not anything to do with Garmley. The GBI, was called in and quickly recommended charges against Garmley be dismissed. The investigation continues, and the sheriff says his office will cooperate.

In Beckley, West Virginia, the DEA has taken over a probe into missing drugs. They have vanished from the Beckley Police Department evidence room. It's not clear exactly what has gone missing, but the evidence technician who was in charge of the room, Gabriella Brown, no longer has keys to it and has been on medical leave since August 17. The missing evidence forced Raleigh County Prosecutor Kristen Keller to announce she was dismissing drug-related cases involving evidence stored there going back 15 months.

In Sullivan, Indiana, a state prison guard was arrested last Wednesday on charges he smuggled methamphetamine and cell phones to inmates who used the phones to run a drug operation on the outside. Now former prison guard Jon Dobbins was one of 40 people arrested in the bust of the prison-based drug ring. Among them are two inmates at two different Indiana prisons accused of using the cell phones smuggled to them by prison guards to run a ring that moved heroin, methamphetamine and other drugs in cities around the state. Although the indictment alleges multiple prison guards smuggled cell phones into state prisons as part of the scheme, it names only Dobbins. He had already been arrested in July on state charges and fired from his job of 16 years.

In Bertie, North Carolina, a state prison guard was arrested Saturday for trying to smuggle marijuana into the Bertie Correctional Institution. Guard Larry Baker went down after he was searched as he entered the facility to go to work and coworkers found pot hidden down his pants. He is charged with possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana, and possession of a controlled substance on prison property. Police say they found 9.8 ounces of pot and they believe he was going to distribute the marijuana to inmates. Baker has since resigned and was being held on $10,000 bond pending a court appearance Wednesday.

In Montgomery, Alabama, a Montgomery police officer was arrested Tuesday on charges he stole cash confiscated during a drug arrest. Officer Milton Strother, 25, went down after the department investigated upon realizing that the cash seized last year had not been returned as ordered by a judge. He is charged with second-degree theft. The department has begun termination proceedings against him.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

It never stops, and there are so many varieties of law enforcement misdoing. Let's get to it:

In Wagner, South Dakota, the Wagner police chief resigned August 8, one week after he first appeared in court over accusations he covered up his girlfriend's methamphetamine use. Jim Chaney had been suspended since being indicted a week earlier on one count of misprision of a felony. Chaney went down after his girlfriend was arrested for possession of a controlled substance in mid-July and told investigators he had stored used needles for her at the police station. The case comes as the Yankton Sioux community in Wagner is still reeling over the death of two-year-old from ingesting meth earlier this summer.

In Bridgeport, Connecticut, two Bridgeport narcs were suspended last Thursday after testing positive for drugs. Now, the entire Narcotics and Vice Unit faces a possible shutdown after Tactical Narcotics Team members Ivan Clayton and David Uliano tested dirty. They have been suspended with pay. Meanwhile, the police chief, the head of the narcotics unit, representatives of the city attorney's office, and police union reps are holding meetings about how to proceed. One option is to disband the entire dope squad and let State Police handle those investigations.

In Hammond, Indiana, a Gary police officer was arrested last Tuesday on charges he was involved in drug sales and illicit gun purchases. Officer David Finley, 31, went down after a weeks-long investigation by the FBI and the Gary Police Department, which started after he was involved in a car crash and appeared intoxicated. No word yet on specific charges.

In Cincinnati, a North College Hill police officer was indicted Tuesday on federal marijuana trafficking conspiracy charges. Officer Bryon Roos was one of 11 men indicted on charges of conspiring to bring hundreds of pounds of marijuana to southern Ohio from Texas. All 11 are charged with conspiracy to distribute and possess with intent to distribute marijuana, while Roos also is charged with conspiracy to commit money laundering, money laundering and illegally structuring financial transactions. Roos is accused of opening used car businesses to launder drug profits from the marijuana sales. He has been suspended. He is looking at up to life in prison.

In Trenton, New Jersey, a former Newark police officer was sentenced August 10 to three years' probation for conspiring with other officers to steal cash, drugs and weapons from suspected drug dealers and others. Darius Smith, 41, was convicted of conspiracy, official misconduct, and theft. The case goes back to 2004, when Smith and other Newark police officers were arrested for shaking down criminal suspects, from whom they stole drugs, money, and weapons.

In Mansfield, Ohio, a former Mansfield police officer was sentenced August 14 to a year in prison for accepting bribes from a drug dealer. David Minard, 44, was convicted of accepting $1,500 in bribes from the dealer in exchange for tipping him off to investigations. He could have gotten up to three years.

In Shreveport, Louisiana, a former Winn County sheriff was sentenced last Friday to 13 years and four months in federal prison after being convicted earlier this year on meth and other charges. Albert "Bodie" Little, 62, was convicted in February of one count of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute 50 or more grams of meth, one count of possession with intent to distribute meth, and two counts of use of a police communication facility to facilitate drug trafficking. He and 10 others were indicted on the drug charges in July 2011. All the others have already pleaded guilty and been sentenced to prison. Little still faces state charges of malfeasance in office, abuse of office and perjury.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

It never stops, does it? Here's another seven bad apples. Let's get to it:

In Los Angeles, an LA County sheriff's deputy was charged last Tuesday with filing a false report that got a woman arrested for drug possession. Deputy Francisco Enriquez, 36, claimed he found a plastic bag containing methamphetamine after transporting the woman to a county jail facility, but a defense attorney for the woman dug up radio communication logs that showed another deputy actually transported her. The woman has had her charges dismissed and has filed a federal civil rights lawsuit over the incident. Enriquez faces one count of perjury for allegedly lying in the probable cause declaration he submitted when the woman was booked at the jail facility and one count of filing a false arrest report. He's looking at up to four years and eight months in prison if convicted, but it currently out on bail.

In Houston, two Houston police officers were arrested last Wednesday on charges they stole cocaine and other drugs from drug dealers. Officer German Ramos, 36, and Officer Kendrick Ferguson, 33, went down after an investigation by HPD's Internal Affairs Division. They are charged with possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver over 400 grams, which carries a prison sentence of up to 99 years. They have been suspended.

In Philadelphia, a Philadelphia police officer was charged last Wednesday with tipping off his half-brother about a heroin trafficking investigation. Officer Rafael Cordero, 49, is charged with obstruction. Cordero's half-brother awaits trial on a heroin trafficking conspiracy charge, and Cordero is accused of alerting him to a surveillance camera aimed at a garage used by drug dealers. He is also accused of helping his half-brother hide drug money and failing to tell authorities his half-brother had removed a videotape from the garage after it was searched. That videotape allegedly showed Cordero at the scene.

In Honolulu, a Honolulu police officer pleaded guilty last Thursday to having a marijuana grow operation at his residence. Michael Chu copped to conspiracy to cultivate 48 plants and to possess with intent to distribute 49 pounds of processed pot. He blamed his girlfriend, who pleaded guilty earlier in the week. They're both looking at up to five years in federal prison.

In Atlanta, a former Gwinnett County police drug investigator pleaded guilty last Friday to misusing money earmarked for undercover drug buys. Vennie Harden copped to counts of violating his oath of office and misdemeanor for his role in a scheme by dope squad supervisor Lt. David Butler to steal the unit's "flash cash." Butler has already pleaded guilty. Harden was also accused of using department credit cards to purchase restaurant meals, motel room stays, and adult novelty items. Harden was sentenced to five years probation, with the first six months under house arrest.

In Little Rock, Arkansas, a former Helena-West Helena police officer was sentenced last Wednesday to 14 months in prison for his role in a drug trafficking and corruption scheme. Robert "Bam Bam" Rogers was indicted on multiple charges in a federal investigation named Operation Delta Blues, but prosecutors dropped the other charges after he pleaded guilty to one count of extortion in January. Rogers also was ordered to serve two years of supervised release after his prison term, of which he already has served 10 months while awaiting sentencing. He was one of five area officers and dozens of civilians indicted last year in the FBI-led probe into drug dealing and corruption in the area. Now, four of the dirty cops have pleaded guilty and received prison terms. One officer has maintained her innocence and will go on trial in December.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A crank-dealing Kansas sheriff cops a plea, an LA narc gets a case of sticky fingers, an Arkansas narc develops a fondness for dope, and a North Carolina parole officer gets caught forcing his parolees to supply him with drugs. Let's get to it:

In Los Angeles, an LA County sheriff's deputy was arrested last Wednesday on charges she stole thousands of dollars confiscated in drug raids. Sgt. Bonnie Bryant III, a 28-year department veteran, allegedly was stealing the cash during investigations, not from evidence lockers. Bryant went down after a two-week investigation by the department's internal criminal investigators. Bryant was in charge of a narcotics investigative team, but the department said it believes she was acting alone.

In Stockton, Kansas, a former Rooks County sheriff pleaded guilty last Friday to four felony counts of distributing methamphetamine. Randy Axelson was the sheriff of Rooks County when he was arrested in December 2011 following an investigation by Kansas authorities. He was accused of distributing meth over a period of four months at the Rooks County Fairgrounds and within 1,000 feet of Stockton High School. Prosecutors dropped five counts in exchange for the guilty pleas and recommended that he serve five years and four months in prison. No sentencing date has yet been set.

In Rogersville, Arkansas, a former Hawkins County sheriff's narcotics detective pleaded guilty Monday to repeatedly burglarizing the department's evidence locker in March and April 2011 to steal drugs. Former Detective Brad Depew copped to 75 counts related to those burglaries and drug thefts -- as well as drug possession including 26 grams of cocaine, digital scales, a wide variety of pills, and a small amount of methamphetamine that was discovered during an April 21, 2011, search of his home. Prosecutors are recommending a 10-year prison sentence, but defense attorneys said the drugs were for his personal use -- not for sale -- and will seek judicial diversion. Narcotics found missing after one of Depew's evidence locker break-ins included 175 oxycodone pills, 79 grams of methadone, and 84.5 methadone pills from one specific criminal case. The defendant who those drugs were originally seized from pleaded guilty in March to reduced charges attributed directly to Depew's thefts.

In Asheville, North Carolina, a Western North Carolina prison official awaits sentencing on charges he extorted drugs from parolees under his supervision. James David Franklin, a surveillance officer for the North Carolina Department of Corrections, was originally arrested on drug trafficking charges for trying to sell 100 hydrocodone tablets in July 2010, but was indicted by a federal grand jury last August on four counts of extortion under color of official rights and one count of possession with intent to distribute drugs. Franklin copped a plea to two of the counts in December and had been free on bond until his judge revoked it in April. Franklin is accused of pressuring parolees to supply him with drugs, including methamphetamine and crack cocaine. He also provided hydrocodone to a parolee in exchange for cocaine. He went down after a parolee reported him to his federal probation officer and the feds set up a sting, which he walked right into, delivering 120 hydrocodone tablets to a mailbox in exchange for $375. His judge is considering a defense motion for a mental evaluation prior to sentencing. He's looking at up to 20 years in federal prison on the extortion charge.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Bad cop, no donut for a Miami sergeant, two more TSA screeners cop pleas in LA, and a Phoenix detective couldn't keep his paws off the evidence room goodies. Let's get to it:

In Phoenix, a former Phoenix police detective was extradited back home last Wednesday from Pittsburgh, where he had been arrested June 27 for alleged evidence tampering and theft of narcotics from the department's property room. William McCartney, 37, was indicted June 19 on a 40-count felony indictment obtained by the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. He's accused of multiple counts of tampering with evidence, possession of narcotics, possession of dangerous drugs, computer tampering, felony theft and fraudulent schemes. He went down after a quarterly audit discovered some Oxycontin tablets had been replaced with over-the-counter medications.

In Miami, a Miami police sergeant was indicted last Thursday on charges he planted and stole drugs and lied about it. Sgt. Raul Iglesias was in charge of the Central District's Crime Suppression Unit, which targeted drug traffickers. He is accused in a series of 2010 incidents, including one in which his officers searched a man, but found no drugs. Iglesias asked for and received "throw-down dope" from another officer to plant on him, then arrested him. In another incident, he is accused of stealing money and property from a man. In a third incident, he is accused of stealing marijuana and cocaine from an auto tint shop. And he is accused of lying about it all. He faces nine counts that include violating suspects' civil rights, conspiracy to possess cocaine with intent to distribute, obstruction of justice and making false statements, according to a press release from the US attorney's office in Miami. The 18-year veteran faces up to 20 years in federal prison.

In Los Angeles, two former TSA screeners pleaded guilty Tuesday to charges they helped a drug trafficker move contraband through security checkpoints at LAX. Dianna Perez, 28, and Randy Littlefield, 29. A third person also pleaded guilty Tuesday and two other drug courtiers entered guilty pleas earlier. The couriers offered to pay Perez $500 for each bag of marijuana she let get by and she in turn paid Littlefield $200 for each bag he let go by. Perez let bags pass on at least nine occasions; Littlefield on two. Both pleaded guilty to charges of conspiracy to distribute marijuana. They're looking at up to five years in federal prison.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

More trouble on the border, more prison guards get caught, and a Puerto Rican cop goes away for a long, long time. Let's get to it:

In Rio Grande City, Texas, two South Texas deputies were charged last Friday with trying to swap automatic weapons to be sent to Mexico in exchange for cocaine and marijuana. They are also charged with taking more than $10,000 in bribes from an underground casino owner. Starr County Sheriff's Deputy Nazario Solis III and the as yet unnamed second deputy face six drug, bribery, and extortion counts. Solis and the other deputy are charged with one count of attempting to possess cocaine for distribution and two counts of attempting to possess marijuana for distribution. They're looking at up to 40 years on the cocaine charge.

In Carlisle, Indiana, a state prison guard was arrested Monday on drug charges. Jon Dobbins, 37, was arrested on the job at the Wabash Valley Correctional Facility and faces preliminary charges of possession of a controlled substance, trafficking and three misdemeanors relating to paraphernalia, resisting law enforcement and battery. He was being held on a $57,000 bond and has been suspended from his job.

In Southington, Connecticut, a state prison guard was arrested Tuesday as he bought drugs in a commuter parking lot on his way to the prison. Arcolain Fountain, 46, went down after corrections officials initiated an investigation in March into reports a guard was trying to smuggle drugs into the Cheshire Correctional Institution. Fountain is charged with criminal attempt to convey unauthorized items into a correctional facility, criminal attempt to possess narcotics, and criminal attempt to possess a hallucinogenic. He was being held on $100,000 cash bond pending a Wednesday hearing in Meriden Court.

In San Juan, Puerto Rico, a former Puerto Rico police officer was sentenced last Thursday to 40 years in federal prison for his role in providing security for drug deals in an FBI sting in which he received $2,000 per transaction. Javier Diaz Castro, 30, was convicted in December of two counts of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, two counts of attempting to possess with the intent to distribute more than five kilograms of cocaine, and two counts of possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug transaction.. Diaz was one of 88 other law enforcement officers in Puerto Rico and 44 other people indicted in October 2010 as part of the FBI's Operation Guard Shack, which targeted public corruption and cocaine trafficking.

This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

A former Missouri sheriff heads to federal prison, a former Kansas City cop is headed there, too, and a former South Carolina deputy is looking at drug charges. Let's get to it:

In Greenville, South Carolina, an Anderson County sheriff's deputy was arrested last Monday on official misconduct charges after the sheriff and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division charged he "did engage in numerous drug transactions" and "provided sensitive information to individuals not authorized to receive that information. Deputy Shane Thompson, 34, was booked into the Anderson County Detention Center upon arrest. He is now ex-Deputy Thompson.

In St. Louis, a former Carter County sheriff and one of his deputies were sentenced Monday to 10 years and five years, respectively, in prison on federal firearms theft charges. Ex-Sheriff Tommy Adams, 32, also is facing state charges accusing him of distributing cocaine and methamphetamine. A trial date has not been set on those charges. Adams and then-Deputy Steffanie Kearbey, 24, were arrested in April 2011 on state charges they sold meth to a confidential informant. Adams is also accused of snorting some in front of the snitch, and faces cocaine sales charges as well. The state charges against Kearbey have been dropped.

In Kansas City, Kansas, a third member of a Kansas City police unit was sentenced Tuesday for stealing electronics from houses they were searching on drug warrants. Dustin Sillings, 34, got eight months in federal prison and a year's probation for violating federal civil rights law. Sillings and his partners in the Selective Crime Occurrence Reduction Enforcement (SCORE) Unit went down in an FBI sting after complaints percolated up to the feds. One of his partners got eight months like Sillings; the other got 12 months. Sillings admitted to ripping off $340 in cash during the sting and a handful of video games during other searches.

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