Integrity test lands two officers in prison
Two former Ramsey Country sheriff's officers were sentenced Friday to over two years in prison for failing an FBI integrity test over four years ago, the Star Tribune reported.
Former St. Paul police officer Timothy Rehak and former Ramsey County sheriff's spokesman Mark Naylon were sentenced to 35 and 30 months in prison, respectively, the Pioneer Press reported.
Upon suspicion that the two men in the sheriff's special investigations unit had interfered with drug investigations, the FBI planted $13,500 in a St. Paul hotel room, and an informant told Rehak and Naylon that an arrested drug dealer had left drugs and money in the room, the Star Tribune reported.
Videotapes caught the two taking $6,000 of the money before their supervisor inspected the room. The attorneys for Rehak and Naylon argued that the men had played a practical joke on their supervisor, and had not violated the law, since the money was returned to the FBI, the Pioneer Press reported.
But U.S. District Judge Patrick Schiltz was unconvinced, and in sentencing the two Friday, he emphasized that their action was a reprehensible betrayal of public trust. He also fined each of them $7,500 and ordered them to report to the U.S. Marshals Service on March 9 to serve their prison time, the Pioneer Press reported.