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Baltimore officer sentenced to federal prison for stealing in sting operation

A Baltimore Police officer and member of a federal task force was sentenced to a year and a day in federal prison after pleading guilty to stealing government funds in a sting operation, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced.

Maurice Lamar Jeffers, 47, of Savage, Md. was also ordered by U.S. District Judge J. Frederick Motz to forfeit $3,000 and serve three years of supervised release following his prison sentence.

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Acting on a tip, authorities asked Jeffers to help secure a location so other officers could execute a search warrant, prosecutors said. Jeffers conducted an illegal search after the other investigator left the room, and stole $3,000 cash planted in the room by the FBI, which was recording the sting operation.

Jeffers was a 12-year veteran of the Police Department and assigned to the U.S. Marshal's Capital Area Regional Fugitive Task Force.

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Jeffers pleaded guilty in October, and his plea agreement remains sealed.

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