Former Norfolk Homicide Investigator Convicted on Corruption Charges
NORFOLK, Va. – A Norfolk federal jury has convicted Robert Glenn Ford, 56, of Virginia Beach, Va., of one count of conspiracy to commit extortion, one count of committing extortion, and one count of making false statements. Ford, a former homicide investigator with the Norfolk Police Department, faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison on each of the extortion counts, and five years in prison on the false statement count. Ford will be sentenced on February 25, 2011 by United States District Judge Jerome B. Friedman.
Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, made the announcement after the jury’s verdicts were announced. “Police corruption strikes at the heart of the justice system,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Robert Ford betrayed both his fellow cops and the public, and disgraced his badge. We will prosecute police corruption to the fullest extent of the law.”
According to evidence presented at trial, Ford obtained monetary payments from and on behalf of individuals charged with criminal offenses in return for helping them secure release on bond, sentence reductions and other favorable treatment, by falsely representing to prosecutors and judges that these individuals provided assistance in the investigation of homicides in Norfolk. Further, during a voluntary interview Ford gave to federal agents conducting the investigation, Ford made multiple false statements.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorneys Alan M. Salsbury and Melissa E. O’Boyle are prosecuting the case on behalf of the United States.A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.usdoj.gov/usao/vae. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia at http://www.vaed.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.uspci.uscourts.gov.