Former state criminal investigator sentenced to federal prison for extortion

Former state criminal investigator sentenced to federal prison for extortion
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JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A former state criminal investigated was sentenced to federal prison for extortion Tuesday.

Fifty-two-year-old Frank Saddler will serve 39 months followed by three years of supervised release, and has also been ordered to pay $28,374.64 in restitution to the victims.

Saddler was a certified law enforcement officer 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, he 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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