- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 23, 2014

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) - A retired Longwood police chief accused of appointing a convicted felon to serve as a police officer has been indicted on federal conspiracy and bribery charges.

U.S. Attorney A. Lee Bentley announced the unsealing of the indictment Monday against 57-year-old Thomas Jackson. Also indicted was 53-year-old Samer S. Majzoub. Both were charged with one count of conspiracy and three counts of bribery concerning programs receiving federal funds.

Authorities contend that more than $30,000 in bribes was exchanged between Majzoub and Jackson between October 2007 and Jackson’s retirement from the Longwood Police Department in 2010.

If convicted, both faces up to five years in prison on the conspiracy count and 10 years for each bribery count. Jackson was arrested last week in North Carolina and has since been released on bond.

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