Two D.C. cops charged in scheme
A federal grand jury indicted two Metropolitan Police Department officers on Friday for allegedly accepting at least $10,000 in protection money from a Van Ness liquor store following a November 2006 robbery.
Malcolm Rhinehart, 50, and Abraham Evans, 31, were indicted in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on charges of receipt of illegal gratuities and illegal supplementation of salary, charges that upon conviction carry prison terms of 24 to 30 months under federal guidelines.
A third former MPD officer, Nathaniel Anderson, 41, pleaded guilty in November 2010 in the case and awaits sentencing, according to a joint statement by U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr., James W. McJunkin, assistant director in charge of the FBI's Washington Field Office, and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.
Rhinehart, Evans, Anderson and a fourth, unnamed officer were assigned to the Second Police District. Rhinehart joined the department in 2003, Evans in 2002, and Anderson in 1997.
According to prosecutors, two armed men robbed Calvert Woodley Wine & Spirits in the 4300 block of Connecticut Avenue NW shortly after closing Nov. 25, 2006.
Starting the following month, Rhinehart, Evans and Anderson agreed to accept about $25 a night to provide protection, prosecutors said.
According to the indictment, a fourth, unnamed officer, also agreed to the deal, but only when the others were unavailable and when off-duty and out of uniform. The others allegedly accepted payments while in uniform for at least two years, with the last stopping in May 2009.
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