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No prison time for Radtke in money laundering plea

Posted at 9:35 AM, May 05, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-05 16:02:41-04

Former Pima County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Chris Radtke was sentenced to a year of probation Friday in a money laundering case. 

As part of a plea deal, Radtke will also serve 100 hours of community service and pay a $3,000 fine.

In February, Radtke pleaded that the Pima County Sheriff's Department engaged In a criminal conspiracy for 18 years.

Radtke pleaded guilty to 3 misdemeanors before a federal judge on Friday. This follows an FBI probe that began over a year ago after whistleblowers came forward with claims that RICO money bankrolled items not permitted by law totaling more than $500,000.

KGUN9 also launched an investigation into the claims before the grand jury handed up the indictment.
The grand jury in Utah indicted Radtke on conspiracy to commit money laundering and theft of public funds.
Radtke pleaded not guilty in October and his defense attorney filed a notice weeks ago that he intended to argue Radtke was just following orders.        
The U.S. Attorney's Office in Utah prosecuted the case and FBI special agents conducted the investigation. A plea deal was reached between the U.S Attorney and Ratke's defense attorney and they appeared before the judge in a plea hearing where Ratke admitted guilt. 

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