MIAMI (AP) - A former Miami police officer has been sentenced to nearly seven years in prison for taking bribes.
A federal judge sentenced 27-year-old Vital Frederick on Thursday. He was convicted in October of four counts of extortion and three counts of stealing identification records for tax-refund scams.
During his trial, Frederick acknowledged that he accepted dirty money from police officers working with the FBI in a pair of sting operations. But he claimed that the other officers had threatened to expose a secret gay relationship if he didn't take the money.
The Miami Herald (http://goo.gl/pq9pqp ) reports that Frederick is one of a dozen Miami cops who were convicted, fired or resigned over the past year as a result of the crackdown on protection rackets and ID scams.
Information from: The Miami Herald, http://www.herald.com