Thursday, March 22, 2007

Shelby County Sheriff’s Officer Gets More Charges

Posted By on Thu, Mar 22, 2007 at 4:00 AM

Thomas Braswell, the Shelby County Sheriff’s officer charged earlier this month with bribery, is also being charged with violating an individual’s civil rights and making false statements to a federal investigator.

Braswell’s bribery charge stemmed from his allegedly accepting $500 from a federal informant in return for personal information on police informants. The informant was posing a steroid and cocaine dealer. Braswell was arrested for that charge on March 6th. Now he’s also in trouble for allegedly seizing a Rolex watch during a police search of a residence.

According to a federal indictment, Braswell was questioned about the watch discovered in his truck during a police search after his arrest on March 6th. Braswell said he received the watch from a white male named “Jamie” in exchange for $400 to $500 worth of nutritional supplements. The next day, he said his story was false and claimed to have found the watch (along with a condom) in an envelope in his mailbox at the Sheriff’s office. The investigation is ongoing. -Bianca Phillips

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