2 more ex-Chicago cops plead guilty in corruption investigation

By Matthew Walberg (Chicago Tribune)
September 26, 2009

Chicago Police Corruption

Two more former Chicago police officers pleaded guilty Friday in connection with an ongoing investigation into corruption in the department’s former Special Operations Section.

James McGovern formerly a sergeant, pleaded guilty in Cook County Criminal Court to a misdemeanor charge of attempted obstruction of justice and was sentenced to two years of probation. Former officer Frank Villareal pleaded guilty to a felony theft charge and was sentenced to four years of probation. Both men had resigned from the Police Department.

Neither Villareal nor McGovern will serve time behind bars. But as a condition of their pleas they must continue to cooperate with the joint state and federal investigation into the Special Operations Section scandal, which led to the early retirement of Police Superintendent Philip Cline.

Authorities allege that members of the elite team targeted suspected gang members and drug dealers — often Hispanic — and stole hundreds of thousands of dollars after wrongfully arresting them and searching their homes illegally. Villareal and McGovern admitted stealing money from the victims and then filing false reports or lying in court to cover up their misdeeds.

Friday’s guilty pleas make seven convictions in the probe of the elite team, which has since been disbanded.

The alleged ringleader, officer Jerome Finnigan, is in federal custody on charges that he tried to have another officer killed because he believed the man was cooperating with authorities.

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3 Comments for “2 more ex-Chicago cops plead guilty in corruption investigation”

  1. Dirty cops belong in prison.IPut their a$$es in population with the same guys they arrested on the streets.Don’t show them any sympathy.

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