More lying, crooked cops : Former Deputy chief lies to FBI about convicted Sheriff

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Posted By Deborah Jarrett

Yep, you just can’t make this stuff up

This is what happens when you automatically assign truth to a person because they wear a uniform

This is what happens when “Sworn officers of the court” make reports and give testimony

They lie because lying is made easy for them

They cheat because cheating is made easy for them.

A few bad apples?

Not by a long sight

Maybe there are a few good ones left

Maybe….

Former Lake County, Ind., deputy police chief sentenced for lying to FBI

“A federal judge told a former Lake County deputy police chief that when he lied to the FBI, his turned his legacy into that of “a crook.”

Dan Murchek, 57, of Schererville, was sentenced to two years of probation by federal Judge James Moody on Wednesday in Hammond. The former top-ranking police officer was sentenced for lying to the FBI.

Murchek was indicted in April for allegedly making false statements to the FBI, according to court documents, and reportedly lied to investigators during an interview about towing operations under convicted former Sheriff John Buncich when the former deputy chief was asked about campaign contributions he received from a tow operator.

“You’ll be remembered as a crook,” Moody said.

“Yes, sir,” Murchek said.

Defense attorney Paul Stracci said Murchek always did what he could to serve his community throughout his more than 30-year career in law enforcement. Murchek was willing and ready to help anyone who needed it, Stracci said.

What got Murchek into trouble was that he doesn’t always think things through, Stracci said.

Had Murchek admitted to the FBI that he structured the campaign donation, Stracci said it would have been a Class B misdemeanor and he likely would have continued being a police officer.

“I think sometimes Danny doesn’t think,” Stracci said.

“Or maybe he’s just full of himself,” Moody said.

Stracci said Murchek knows his accomplishments and contributions to the community will be overshadowed by his criminal conduct.

“He will be punished forever for a lie, for an unexplainable lie,” Stracci said.

Original here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/suburbs/post-tribune/news/ct-ptb-dan-murchek-sentencing-st-0920-story.html

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