I could believe that U.S. Attorney Zachary Fardon allowed this crooked ex-Chicago cop to plea bargain for a misdemeanor.
Under Illinois law a public employee loses his pension if convicted of a felony related to his work.
Here is the press release:
Former Chicago Police Sergeant Sentenced to Six Months in Prison for Passing Government Information to Store Clerk in Exchange for Cash
CHICAGO — A former sergeant in the Chicago Police Department was sentenced today to six months in federal prison for taking cash payments from a liquor store clerk in exchange for disclosing government information.
RAY M. RAMIREZ served as a sergeant in the 12th Police District on the city’s Near West Side. Ramirez admitted in a plea agreement that he obtained information from law enforcement databases and passed it to the store clerk in exchange for cash payments of $150 to $200. The information included a criminal background check on a prospective store employee, a vehicle registration check, and a review of police incidents occurring in and around the store.
Ramirez also admitted that he shook down the clerk and other store employees for cash payments ranging from $70 to $200. Ramirez often wore his police uniform and was on duty when he demanded the payments.
Ramirez, 53, of Chicago, pleaded guilty last year to one misdemeanor count of exceeding his authorized use a police department computer. U.S. District Judge Ronald A. Guzman imposed the six-month sentence in federal court in Chicago.
The sentencing was announced by Zachary T. Fardon, United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois; and Michael J. Anderson, Special Agent-in-Charge of the Chicago office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
The government is represented by Assistant U.S. Attorney Megan Cunniff Church.