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MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A Miami police officer will plead guilty to extortion charges in federal court Friday, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald.

Harold James, 29, was arrested Thursday on charges dealing with a federal investigation that started last year with an investigation of a police-protection scheme for a sports-betting ring, according to the Herald.

James was alleged to have provided protection to a courier engaging in illegal activity last year a business behind a Sunoco gas station in Liberty City, the Herald reported. James initially pled not guilty during his first appearance in federal court Thursday.

James faces two counts of extortion for allegedly protecting protection for “the cashing of fraudulent checks” in exchange for cash payments,” the Herald reported court records stated.

Miami Police have seen two officers arrested this week. Officer Luis Hernandez was also arrested on unrelated charges this week and the police fired another officer, Reynaldo Goyos, this week as well.

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