Third Baltimore Police Officer To Plead Guilty to Racketeering

by: Michelle Richardson Special to the AFRO
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A third Baltimore Police officer will plead guilty to federal racketeering charges joining two other members of the BPD (Baltimore Police Department) who pleaded guilty over the summer.

Detective Jemell Rayam will plead guilty to robbing people he arrested, submitting false police reports and billing overtime to the state of Maryland when he wasn’t working, among other charges, according to court documents.

Detective Jemell Rayam

In total, eight BPD officers, all members of the Gun Trace Task Force, were indicted on federal racketeering charges in March.

Dets. Maurice Ward, and Evodio Hendrix admitted to stealing from citizens, lying on police reports and taking tropical vacations while claiming they were on the job.

A fourth officer, Det. Momodu Gondo, often called “G Money” on the street and in wiretapped phone calls according to federal prosecutors, is scheduled to appear in federal court on Oct. 12 and is expected to change his plea of not guilty.

Sgts. Wayne Jenkins and Thomas Allers, as well as Dets. Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor have pleaded not guilty. Their trials are scheduled to begin in January 2018

Ward and Hendrix are due in court for sentencing a day apart in February.

Ward will go before U.S. District Judge James K. Bredar on Feb. 21 and Hendrix will appear before Bredar Feb 20th.  

All eight officers are on suspension without pay.

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