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Sweeping Federal corruption sting continues

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JACKSON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The most recent arrests in a Federal corruption roundup include three current and former lawmen.

Kent Daniels of Byram is a former Jackson Police Officer and investigator for the Hinds County District Attorney. Watson Jackson of Ridgeland is a former Madison County Deputy. Zach Robinson, a Hinds County Sheriff's Deputy, was suspended without pay after his arrest. George Hilliard, of Madison, has also been arrested. They have each been released on a $10,000 bond.

The indictment states, in September, the four conspired to steal government property including $23,000 and seven iPads.

John Dowdy is the Criminal Chief for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Jackson.

"It's a bittersweet thing for us to prosecute a law enforcement officer," he says. "When we started the roundup of law enforcement officers a while back, we announced there were more arrests coming."

In early 2012, three JPD Officers, Monyette Jefferson, Terence Jenkins, and Anthony Payne, were arrested for accepting thousands of dollars in bribes to protect FBI agents posing as drug dealers.

Then, last month, veteran Jackson Police Officer and SWAT Team member Sergeant Richard McGahey was busted for taking a bribe.

Nick Clark knew McGahey. Clark is a retired Major with the Hinds County Sheriff's Department. He says corruption is usually the result of greed.

"There have been instances where you're dealing with hundreds of thousands of dollars in cash, kilos of cocaine," he says. "Police officers don't make a lot of money. They risk their lives. But it's a profession they choose. You're in a position of authority. You abuse it, this is what happens."

A trial date for those arrested in the most recent roundup is set for December 3. 

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