MIAMI (AP) — A former Miami police officer has been sentenced to two years in prison for accepting thousands of dollars in bribes from an illegal gambling operation.READ MORE: Miami Weather: Cool Mornings, Warm Afternoons Continue Into Weekend
A federal judge last week also sentenced 24-year-old Jerry Sutherland to perform 150 hours of community service and pay a $2,000 fine. Sutherland must forfeit $3,400 he was paid in bribes. He pleaded guilty to extortion.READ MORE: MLB Lockout Begins As Players, Owners Fail To Reach New Bargaining Agreement
Court documents show that while working for the Miami Police Department, Sutherland accepting 10 bribe payments from the gambling operation. Sutherland admitted providing protection for the operation, arranging for charges to be dropped against one of its employees and increasing police presence at a rival gambling house to discourage customers.
Sutherland also admitted requiring a vendor to paint the helmets of a football team he managed free of charge.MORE NEWS: Chicago-Area Family Still In Shock After They Hired Home Improvement Contractor Via HomeAdvisor, Only For The Contractor To Smash Up Their Property
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