ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — A former central Florida police chief has been sentenced to four years in federal prison for accepting more than $30,000 in bribes to hire a convicted felon as an officer.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Orlando says in a news release that former Longwood Police Chief Tom Jackson was sentenced Tuesday. He was convicted in October of conspiracy and bribery of an agent.
Prosecutors say Jackson took payments before and after hiring Samer Majzoub in July 2009.
Authorities say Jackson tried to cover up the hire by sending a letter to the Florida Department of Law Enforcement asking to remove his request to hire Majzoub from a public document.
Jackson was chief from 1997 to 2010.
Majzoub faces conspiracy and bribery charges, but he's a fugitive and hasn't been arrested.