Former Baltimore officers sentenced to 7 years for racketeering

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BALTIMORE, Md. – Two former Baltimore Police detectives were sentenced to seven years in prison for racketeering, prosecutors say.

Evodio Hendrix, 32, of Randallstown, and Maurice Ward, 36, of Middle River, used to be members of the Baltimore Police Department’s Gun Trace Task Force. The two were sentenced to seven years in prison followed by three years of supervised release.

According to the plea agreements, Hendrix and Ward admitted to participating in four robberies from February through August.  Hendrix and Ward also admitted that they were armed with their Baltimore Police Department (BPD) service firearms during the robberies, that individual victims of the robberies were physically restrained to facilitate the commission of the offenses, and that they authored false and fraudulent incident reports and other official documents in some cases in order to conceal their criminal conduct and otherwise obstruct justice.

Prosecutors say Hendrix and Ward also admitted that they and their co-defendants routinely submitted false and fraudulent individual overtime reports defrauding the Baltimore Police Department and the citizens of the State of Maryland.  On these reports, Ward, Hendrix and their co-conspirators falsely certified that they worked their entire regularly assigned shifts, when they did not, and that they worked additional hours for which they received overtime pay, when they had not worked all and in some cases any of those overtime hours.

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