- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 12, 2011

A nine-year veteran Metropolitan Police Department officer pleaded guilty Thursday to a charge of attempted receiving stolen property and a charge of possession of an unregistered firearm, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District said.

Guillermo Ortiz, 40, received a suspended sentence of 180 days in prison on each charge and was placed on supervised probation for two years. He must complete 200 hours of community service and pay a $2,000 fine. As part of the plea agreement, he is resigning from the police force.

Authorities say Ortiz, in full police uniform, bought stolen electronics in January from a person who was cooperating with police. He was also videotaped putting a stolen television into the trunk of a marked police cruiser.

On other occasions, the witness provided Ortiz with gold rings, gold watches, gold necklaces, two 42-inch flat-screen televisions, and other items the officer knew to be stolen.

On March 8, authorities executed a search warrant at Ortiz’s apartment. In addition to the stolen items the officer had purchased, they recovered three unregistered firearms, including a shotgun and ammunition.

The cases of two other MPD officers, Silvestre Bonilla and Dioni Fernandez, who were arrested on the same date as Ortiz and charged with the same offense, are still pending.

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