LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – R. Alexander Acosta, United…

LAWFUEL – The Law Newswire – R. Alexander Acosta, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and Jonathan Solomon, Special Agent in Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, announced that former Hollywood Police Officers KEVIN COMPANION, THOMAS SIMCOX and STEPHEN HARRISON were sentenced today on charges of conspiring to possess with intent to distribute a controlled substance, in violation of Title 21, United States Code, Section 846, for their roles in protecting what they believed was the delivery of a multi-kilogram shipment of heroin. All three officers had previously pled guilty to this charge, which arose from a long-running undercover investigation into corruption within the Hollywood Police Department which was jointly conducted by the United States Attorney’s Office and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

In a morning hearing in Fort Lauderdale, United States District Judge James I. Cohn sentenced COMPANION to 168 months’ incarceration, to be followed by five years of supervised release, and HARRISON to 108 months’ incarceration, to be followed by three years of supervised release. In an afternoon hearing in Miami, United States District Judge Donald L. Graham sentenced SIMCOX to 135 months’ incarceration, a $100,000 fine, and four years of supervised release. Additionally, a fourth officer implicated in the investigation, JEFFRY COURTNEY, is scheduled to be sentenced before Judge William P. Dimitrouleas in Fort Lauderdale on August 10, 2007.

As shown in the guilty plea and sentencing proceedings, during the course of this investigation, COMPANION, a 22-year veteran of the Department, SIMCOX a 24-year veteran of the Department, and HARRISON, a 9-year veteran of the Department, provided a variety of illegal services to a group of individuals who represented themselves to be part of a New York based criminal organization which was looking to recruit police officers to protect and facilitate their illegal operations. In reality, these individuals were FBI undercover agents, and the purported criminal activities were all staged operations done as part of the investigation. COMPANION was the leader of this group of corrupt officers, recruiting the other defendants as more officers were needed to protect and facilitate the purported illegal activities of the New York organization. The defendants were paid in cash at the conclusion of each criminal episode that they participated in, and as a result of their criminal activities, they received the following approximate total amounts: COMPANION – $42,000; SIMCOX – $16,000; and HARRISON – $12,000. Prior to their sentencings, the defendants repaid these amounts to the FBI.

Mr. Acosta commends the efforts of the numerous special agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation who have been working on this investigation. The case is being prosecuted by Senior Litigation Counsel Edward N. Stamm.

A copy of this press release may be found on the website of the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Florida at www.usdoj.gov/usao/fls. Related court documents and information may be found on the website of the District Court for the Southern District of Florida at www.flsd.uscourts.gov or on http://pacer.flsd.uscourts.gov.

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