Ex-Officer Gets Prison for Accepting Bribes

A former police officer has been sentenced to 16 months in state prison for accepting bribes to make drunk driving court files disappear.

Edward Romero, 45, of West Covina, a Los Angeles police officer for more than 20 years, pleaded no contest in May to one felony count of conspiracy to obstruct justice. He was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Michael Hoff.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Tom Gray said Romero accepted bribes from accused drunk drivers to make their court files disappear from the Los Angeles city attorney's office in the downtown traffic courts building in late 1988 and early 1989.

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