- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

BALTIMORE (AP) - A third Baltimore police officer has pleaded guilty to robbing and illegally detaining residents and billing for overtime hours not worked.

Federal prosecutors say 37-year-old Jemell Rayam pleaded guilty Tuesday to racketeering conspiracy. He entered the plea in federal court in Baltimore.

Rayam was among eight officers on an elite gun squad who were indicted on racketeering charges alleging that they unlawfully arrested and robbed people, and participated in an overtime fraud scheme.

The case has had a profound impact on criminal cases in Baltimore. Prosecutors have dropped more than 100 cases involving the indicted officers.

The police department said Tuesday that Rayam has been separated from the agency since July.

Rayam faces a maximum of 20 years in prison. A sentencing date has not been set.

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