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Retired detective sentenced to 40 months in bribery case

April 9, 2019

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A retired Philadelphia police detective convicted of bribing a former colleague to help build his stolen-car retrieval business has been sentenced to three years and four months in prison.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the lawyer representing 73-year-old Victor Gates vowed an appeal of his client’s convictions last year on counts of bribery, conspiracy and lying to investigators.

Federal prosecutors alleged that the 30-year police veteran paid a former detective to fast-track release of cars that had been recovered and impounded by police.

Defense attorney Samuel Stretton argued that his client’s payments to his former colleagues were merely an attempt to help a friend get through a tough financial time.

U.S. District Judge Wendy Beetlestone also ordered gates to pay more than $670,000 in court fines, fees and forfeiture penalties.

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Information from: The Philadelphia Inquirer, http://www.inquirer.com