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Officer and ex-officer in Florida
charged in corruption scandal
[Jacksonville, FL]

December 14, 2000
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Officer and ex-officer in Florida
charged in corruption scandal
[Jacksonville, FL]

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(JACKSONVILLE, Fla.) -- A current and former officer have been arrested along with two other men and charged in a 26-count indictment that includes allegations of kidnapping, robbery and murder.

Officer Aric Sinclair and former officer Karl T. Waldon were charged along with Waldon's brother-in-law, James Swift Jr., and Kenneth McLaughlin with the July 1998 robbery, kidnapping and strangulation of convenience store owner Sami Safar in the back seat of Waldon's patrol car.

If convicted, the four could receive the death penalty and $9 million in fines.

Another officer, James D. Pogh, has also been charged, with Waldon and Sinclair, with conducting illegal searches, theft of drugs and money and distribution of cocaine.

"Make no mistake about it, this is a sad day for the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office," Sheriff Nat Glover told the Associated Press. "I am outraged at the conduct of these officers. Thank God it was only a few officers."

The U.S. Attorney's office in Florida investigated the case at Glover's request.


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