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This Week's Corrupt Cops Stories

Submitted by Phillip Smith on (Issue #1211)
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A hundred grand in drug money is missing from a narcotics office in Pennsylvania, a Wisconsin cop cops to forging signatures in a drug investigation, and more. Let's get to it:

In North Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, $100,000 in seized drug money and drug buy money was reported missing from the state attorney general's narcotics office there on May 1. A criminal investigation is underway, but authorities are remaining tight-lipped. Agents from the attorney general's office have found at least $77,000 in drug fund seizures and $24,000 in drug buy money cannot be accounted for. The Westmoreland County District Attorney's Office is reportedly investigating the case, but the department will not confirm or deny that the investigation is going on.

In Smyrna, Delaware, a state prison guard was arrested on April 23 for taking bribes to smuggle drugs into the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center. Guard Jahee White, 31, went down after a joint investigation by local police, the Department of Correction, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the Delaware Department of Justice's Division of Civil Rights and Public Trust. The investigation found that White brought the drug contraband -- including counterfeit drugs -- into the prison and accepted bribes to "further his drug distribution operations." He is charged with three counts of using an official position to engage in criminal conduct, possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony, possession with intent to deliver a counterfeit controlled substance, receiving a bribe, promoting prison contraband, and second-degree conspiracy. All eight charges are felonies. Lacking a $95,000 bond, He currently resides at a different correctional center.

In Los Angeles, an LA County sheriff's deputy was arrested on April 30 for allegedly smuggling drugs into the county jail. Michael Meiser, 39, worked at North County Correctional Facility as an investigator focused on keeping the jails free of drugs and gang activity. He allegedly smuggled heroin into the jail complex at Castaic. It is unclear exactly what charges he faces except that they are "felony charges," according to the sheriff's department.

In Coalinga, California, a correctional sergeant was arrested on May 1 for allegedly sneaking drugs into the Pleasant Valley State Prison. Sgt. Greg Clark, 51, was caught with fentanyl and other drugs on him while inside the prison. He is now a former correctional sergeant. There is no information on the precise charges he faces.

In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, a former Greensburg police officer pleaded guilty May 1 to dealing meth with her then boss, the Greensburg police chief. Regina McAtee, 51, pleaded to one count of conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. As part of her guilty plea, McAtee admitted that she conspired to distribute methamphetamine (in the form of fake "Adderall" pills) with former Greensburg Chief of Police Shawn Denning and other drug suppliers. McAtee admitted that she and Denning would order the pills from online suppliers, that McAtee would pay for the pills, and that the pills would be delivered to McAtee's residence. McAtee sold some of the pills back to Denning, who would then distribute the drugs to others. Denning pleaded guilty to a drug conspiracy charge on April 16. Both are looking at up to 20 years in federal prison.

In Appleton, Wisconsin, a former Appleton Police narcotics investigator was convicted May 2 of falsifying signatures on official paperwork related to a drug investigation. Former narc Jeremy Haney, 37, a 15-year veteran of the department, was working with the Lake Winnebago Area Metropolitan Enforcement Group (LWAM) when he forged signatures on paperwork authorizing a tracking device be placed on a vehicle. As part of a "large-scale, multi-defendant drug conspiracy case" in May 2022, LWAM investigators installed a GPS tracking device on a vehicle operated by a suspect they believed was working with others to distribute large amounts of fentanyl, according to a criminal complaint. Haney had requested a court order for 90 days of surveillance, but prosecutors changed that to 45 days. After the order was issued, Haney altered it to change the time frame back to 90 days, forging the signatures of the prosecutor and the judge. The prosecutor noticed the alteration while reviewing paperwork, and Haney went down. He pleaded no contest to misconduct in public office for falsifying information in a report, a Class I felony. He was fined $640, plus $1,158 in court costs.

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