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Federal grand jury indicts St. Petersburg police officer on corruption charges

TAMPA — A St. Petersburg police homicide detective was indicted Tuesday by a federal grand jury on seven public corruption charges, accusing him of extorting cash and gifts from an informer.

Officer Anthony V. Foster was arrested by the FBI on June 8 after a criminal complaint said he demanded the gifts in exchange for helping the informer get lighter sentences on theft and drug charges.

Foster, a 13-year department veteran and hostage negotiator, is charged with six counts of wire fraud scheme to deprive the public of honest services and one count of extortion under color of official right.

Each charge carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Robert O'Neill.

Foster, 39, who has been suspended on unpaid leave, is free on an unsecured $25,000 bond.

Federal grand jury indicts St. Petersburg police officer on corruption charges 07/05/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, July 5, 2011 7:56pm]

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