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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Feds Charge Cop in Bribe Corruption Sting

Feds charge Revere cop in corruption sting
The Boston Herald by Christine McConville - April 12, 2011

A Revere police officer was arrested and charged today in federal court with lying to the FBI after he was allegedly caught with a $200 bribe as part of a corruption sting. According to the Department of Justice, the agency says Todd Randall, 40, of Revere met with an FBI cooperating witness in January 2010 and accepted $200 to interfere with a criminal case. “The arrest this morning demonstrates Revere Police Chief Terence Reardon’s and the FBI’s commitment to pursue all allegations of public corruption,” said Special Agent in Charge Richard DesLauriers of FBI’s Boston Field Division. “Mr. Randall’s alleged criminal actions and subsequent false statements regarding his role in an ongoing public corruption investigation are an injustice to the thousands of honest and trustworthy federal, state and local law enforcement officers who work in Massachusetts,” DesLauriers said. Agents say Randall, 40, was on duty, in his police uniform and driving a marked Revere police cruiser as he traveled to the Everett home of the cooperating witness. Federal agents say they saw him exit the police cruiser and enter the Everett home. Inside the home, the FBI says, Randall accepted $200 in FBI funds from the witness, then explained the efforts he would make to compromise a pending criminal case in Chelsea District Court for the witnesses’ friend. The interaction between the two was caught on audio and video tape, the FBI says. Randall could not be immediately reached for comment, and fellow officers at the Revere Police Department did not know if he has a lawyer. If convicted on these charges, he faces up to five years in prison to be followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine.

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