Former state investigator sentenced to over three years in prison for extortion

Prior food stamp fraud investigator used position to extort money from others

Former state investigator sentenced to over three years in prison for extortion
(Source: Gray News)

JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - 52-year-old Frank Saddler of Ridgeland has been sentenced to serve 39 months in federal prison.

He was sentenced on April 17, by U.S. District Judge Henry T. Wingate. Judge Wingate also ordered Saddler to pay $28,374.64 in restitution to the victims and to serve three years of supervised release upon completion of his prison sentence.

Saddler was a certified law enforcement officer working for the Mississippi Department of Human Services charged with investigating criminal fraud related to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”), a program funded by the United States Department of Agriculture.

From July 23, 2014 to June 15, 2015, Saddler extorted money from convenience store owners who had been charged with criminal violations relating to SNAP in exchange for not pursuing criminal charges against them. Saddler would tell store owners that they were paying restitution to the State of Mississippi when, in fact, they were making payments to Saddler which he deposited in his own bank account.

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