Feds: Cop took $200 bribe to fix criminal case
April 13, 2011
A Revere police officer was charged with lying to FBI agents in a public corruption case, in which the FBI said it videotaped him taking a $200 bribe and agreeing to quash a pending criminal case.
Officer Todd P. Randall, 40, was arrested at his True Street home yesterday morning, according to the U.S. Justice Department.
Randall was charged in federal court with lying to the FBI. Efforts to reach Randall and a lawyer were unsuccessful yesterday.
“Mr. Randall’s alleged criminal actions and subsequent false statements regarding his role in an ongoing public corruption investigation are an injustice to the thousands of honest and trustworthy federal, state and local law enforcement officers who work in Massachusetts,” FBI Special Agent Richard DesLauriers said in a statement.
According to the FBI’s complaint, on Jan. 22, 2010, Randall was on duty and in uniform when he drove his police cruiser to the Everett home of an FBI informant. There, the FBI affidavit said, he took $200, and “explained the efforts he would make to compromise a pending criminal case in Chelsea District Court” for the informant’s friend.
The FBI said Randall also asked the unnamed informant about buying prescription painkillers, explaining he used to purchase Percocets by the “wheelbarrow,” and “500 at a time,” but it is getting difficult to get them.
When FBI agents confronted Randall about the arrangement last month, he reportedly denied knowing the informant or the friend, the FBI affidavit said.
“I have no reason to lie to ya, fellas,” the FBI said Randall told agents.
If convicted of lying to federal agents, Randall faces up to five years in prison. The FBI said the Revere Police Department is cooperating with the probe.
“The arrest this morning demonstrates Revere Police Chief Terence Reardon’s and the FBI’s commitment to pursue all allegations of public corruption,” said DesLauriers, who heads the FBI’s Boston field office. Revere police declined to comment yesterday.