Minnesota residents who hear about various criminal activity should know that not all crimes are handled by local authorities alone. Depending upon the nature of the allegations, federal charges may apply. The consequences that may result with these types of crimes can be very severe. An example of this can be seen involving a man in Arizona who used to be a Chief Deputy with the Pima County Sheriff's Department.
The known details make it somewhat difficult to fully understand the situation but the defendant is accused of having misappropriated as much as $500,000 in money from the Racketeer Influence and Corrupt Organization Act. Money from this group is received when law enforcement agencies seize property or assets. The defendant is said to have requested money for volunteer purposes but in fact used the money for the department and others.
A total of seven charges have been levied against the former officer. Six of those charges are for theft involving federal money. Each theft count could result in 10 years in prison and a fine up to $250,000. The seventh charge is for money laundering and carries with it a potential sentence of 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $500,000.
People who have been charged crimes with serious consequences like these may want to reach out to an attorney early on in their defense processes. Getting help promptly can be useful in understanding these often complex cases.
Source: Green Valley News, "Radtke facing federal theft, conspiracy to launder money charges," Kim Smith and David Rookhuyzen, Oct. 12, 2016