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Ex-investigator pulled over fast-food workers after argument

March 1, 2019

DENVER (AP) — A former Colorado prison investigator has been convicted of official oppression for following and pulling over fast-food workers after an argument about a restaurant price increase.

The Denver Post reports a jury convicted 61-year-old Gary Valko of the misdemeanor on Thursday for the September 2017 encounter with Jack in the Box employees in Parker.

Prosecutors say Valko got into an argument while he was in the drive-thru in his work-issued car. He cursed at employees and claimed to be with the FBI.

Prosecutors say he later followed two employees, turned on his police lights and pulled alongside their car.

Authorities say he asked them, “What if I had shot you?”

The state Department of Corrections fired Valko following an internal investigation.

Valko is scheduled to be sentenced on April 11.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com