Authorities recently reported that a Massachusetts State Trooper was charged with extortion after allegedly getting into the gambling business and subsequently threatening to kill a bookmaker. The trooper has been suspended without pay after he reportedly beat and repeatedly threatened to kill the man.
The bookmaker, who later went to the FBI, became a confidential witness and wore a wire for the FBI to expose the trooper in mid-December.
The bookie told the FBI that the trooper was initially one of the bettors but agreed to loan the bookmaker $24,000 when he learned of his debts to loan sharks. In return, the trooper demanded a share in the gambling profits. After a meeting on December 23rd, the trooper became angry at the amount of money owed to him, and threatened him. In a later meeting the trooper allegedly head-butted and slapped the bookmaker. The trooper was arrested in Belmont MA and is being held in federal custody.
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