Pubdate: Sat, 05 Mar 2016
Source: Columbus Dispatch (OH)
Copyright: 2016 The Columbus Dispatch
Author: Mary Beth Lane
Bookmark: (Corruption - United States)


A former Mount Vernon Police Department detective pleaded guilty 
Friday to a federal extortion charge, admitting he used his position 
to steal money and narcotics from the department's property room.

Matthew L. Dailey could receive a maximum sentence of 20 years in 
prison. U.S. District Court Judge Algenon L. Marbley did not set a 
sentencing date for Dailey, who is being held without bail in the 
Franklin County jail.

Dailey, 45, of Howard, a sergeant who was evidence custodian of the 
property room, has resigned from the police department where he 
worked for 10 years.

He pleaded guilty to extortion in a bill of information negotiated by 
his attorney, Sam Shamansky, and the U.S. attorney's office. The 
agreement requires him to pay $8,000 in restitution to the Mount 
Vernon Police Department and to never work in law enforcement again.

Besides stealing money and drugs from the property room of the Knox 
County police department, Dailey admitted using a police informant to 
sell narcotics.

"He has been addicted to narcotic painkillers for many, many years 
following an on-duty injury," Shamansky said afterward. "He began 
stealing not for financial gain but strictly to provide Percocets, to 
which he was horribly addicted."

The statement of facts that Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Kim and 
FBI Special Agent Tisha Hartsough presented in court Friday laid out 
how Dailey operated.

Dailey took marijuana, methamphetamine, bath salts and ecstacy pills 
from the property room, gave the drugs to an informant to sell and 
then split the profits with him.

Dailey also was observed by agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement 
Administration and the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation in 
Columbus buying varying amounts of oxycodone pills five days a week 
over seven months from a second informant.
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