Monday, January 18, 2021

Former Public Officials Sentenced in Money Laundering Scheme

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Authorities say two former public safety officials were sentenced in what prosecutors call a scheme to extort bribes and kickbacks from people in Bucks County.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office made the announcement Thursday, nearly a year after the two pleaded guilty to money laundering.

Robert Hoopes is the former director of public safety for Southampton Township. The 72-year-old Doylestown man was sentenced to 4 ½ years in prison.

Sixty-four-year-old Bernard Rafferty was a deputy constable in Bucks County for nearly 25 years. The Langhorne man received 18 months.

Former district judge John Waltman, their co-defendant, was sentenced to 6 ½ years in prison earlier this week for extortion and money laundering.

Authorities say the three laundered $400,000 in cash and conspired to launder money with people involved in drug trafficking and health care fraud.

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