Ex-Nashville police officer gets 10 years for helping drug traffickers

A former Nashville police officer has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for fraud after prosecutors said he received cash payments to assist drug traffickers.

Richard Wilson, 32, of Lebanon, was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court after he pleaded guilty in January to federal program fraud.

Co-defendant Michael Dwayne Wray, 32, of Murfreesboro, was sentenced to five years for money laundering, according to U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Tennessee Jerry E. Martin.

Wray also pleaded guilty in January. Both were indicted last June.

Wilson received cash payments that totaled $24,500 to help drug traffickers between April 5 and June 15, 2011 according to the indictments. Wilson’s assistance included transporting cocaine and drug money to locations around Nashville.



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