Former Deputy Sheriff Sentenced to Federal Prison for Soliciting Kickbacks
ATLANTA - Former Fulton County Deputy Sheriff Reginald Warren has been sentenced for demanding bribe payments from security officers he scheduled to work at the City of Atlanta's public swimming pools.
“Mr. Warren’s conviction and sentence are a reflection of our commitment to make sure those who work within the law enforcement community respect and keep the public’s trust,” said United States Attorney Sally Quillian Yates. “This former deputy sheriff used his position and badge to extort kickbacks from workers contracted by the City of Atlanta to make the pools safe for its citizens and, consequently, betrayed the people he promised to help.”
J. Britt Johnson, Special Agent in Charge, FBI Atlanta Field Office, stated: “The FBI remains committed to identifying, investigating, and presenting for prosecution those law enforcement officers who would sell their badges for personal gain and today's sentencing reflects that commitment. The FBI, in carrying out its public corruption mandate, asks that the public report such activity to their nearest FBI field office.”
According to United States Attorney Yates, the charges and other information presented in court: During the summer of 2011, while Warren was employed as a deputy with the Fulton County Sheriff’s Office, he contracted with the City of Atlanta to coordinate and supervise security at the city’s public swimming pools. In that capacity, Warren hired a number of security officers and scheduled them to work various shifts at pools located throughout the city. Soon after the officers were hired, Warren demanded payments from at least three officers in exchange for continuing to schedule them for more work. Over a three-month period, Warren accepted thousands of dollars in kickbacks from the officers which he pocketed for himself.
Warren, 50, of Covington, Ga., was sentenced to one year, three months in federal prison, to be followed by supervised release for two years. He pleaded guilty on May 6, 2014.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Assistant United States Attorney Brent Alan Gray prosecuted the case.
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