12/08/2010

Ex-police chief in Pa. gets jail for check theft

'If a public official doesn't have respect for the law, how can anyone else?' the judge said regarding the request for probation

By Joelle Farrell and Kathleen Brady Shea
The Philadelphia Inquirer

CHESTER, Pa. — A former Chester Township police chief was sentenced to nine to 23 months in jail Tuesday on charges stemming from his theft of an insurance check that he used for a down payment on a Cadillac Escalade.

Booker T. Wilson, 49, of Chester, was working part time at a halfway house in Chester in 2007 when he took a check for more than $6,600 intended for a former resident, prosecutors said.

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