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Former San Antonio policeman sentenced for payoff attempt

Chris Lundy
Chris LundySan Antonio Police Department

A former police officer in San Antonio was sentenced to prison yesterday for attempting to take cash in exchange for not arresting a man on a marijuana charge in 2012.

When the officer, Curt W. Lundy, responded to an assault charge at the Salado Crossing Apartments on the Northside on December 15, 2012, he held a man at the scene for admitting he had marijuana in his car.

Lundy told the man he would hold off the charges for $400 cash. The man said he could get that amount the following January 2.

Shortly after this conversation, the man contacted the FBI and the Police Department’s Internal Affairs department which began an investigation.

The man was outfitted with a recording device and marked currency in preparation for an agreed on meeting later on the corner of Loop 410 and San Pedro Avenue. Prior to this meeting Lundy, by phone, raised the price to $500.

“Surveillance observed Lundy, the sole occupant, arrive in a marked SAPD patrol vehicle and collect an envelope from the subject that contained $500,” said United States Attorney Robert Pitman.

Lundy, now 37, will spend 18 months in federal prison, “followed by two years of supervised release, for theft of honest services by wire fraud,” announced Pitman, Federal Bureau of Investigation Acting Special Agent in Charge Aaron C. Rouse, and San Antonio Police Chief William McManus.

Lundy pleaded guilty to the charge on October 10, 2013 and could have faced up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.