Former Cincinnati police officer Jose Laboy-Laviena will experience what it is like on the other side of the law by spending some time behind bars. Today, the former police officer admitted to scamming immigrants and taking their money. He plead guilty to reduced charges of theft and records tampering.
With the plea, Laviena will avoid prison time and spend up to a year in the Warren County jail.
Laviena also resigned from the police department and agreed to repay his victims $9,600.
A judge will decide on Laviena’s jail time at his January 3, 2013 sentencing. Laviena admitted to accepting money in exchange for fixing a DUI ticket and filing a false police report.
Laviena had been a Cincinnati police officer since April 2006 and earned a base salary of $63,140. Without his plea deal for a reduced sentence, Laviena faced up to nine years in prison.
At one time, the Cincinnati Police Department considered Laviena the face of the department in the Latin community.