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Former HPD Employee Is Sentenced To Prison For Bribery Scheme

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In an announcement made by the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Tuesday, a former HPD employee has been sentenced to prison for a bribery scheme in which he alerted illegal game-room owners to undercover police investigations. According to reports, Edward Mason was charged after a tip prompted HPD to conduct a series of sting operations. On Tuesday, a judge sentenced Mason to four years in prison for tipping off illegal game room operators to undercover operations and accepting money in doing so. Mason’s defense team requested probation for the bribery crime but was refused.
According to investigators, Mason met with undercover cops to provide confidential information in exchange for hundreds of dollars in bribe money on three separate occasions. Mason was accused of providing confidential information about undercover vice officers to people that participated in illegal game-room operations.
The Harris County D.A.’s office reportedly hopes that Mason’s sentencing sends a clear and poignant message to those who would consider betraying the public’s trust and compromising the public’s safety: “The defendant provided confidential information about undercover vice officers to people engaging in illegal activities. This information could have endangered the lives of those officers.”

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