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2-year sentence for ex-cop in federal task force scandal

October 27, 2021 GMT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former Louisiana police officer and federal drug task force member has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison.

Court records show Rodney Gemar was sentenced to 27 months by U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo.

Gemar, a former Hammond police officer, was part of a task force once led by former U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agent Chad Scott. Scott was sentenced to 13 years in August after convictions in multiple trials for stealing money from suspects, falsifying government records and committing perjury. The charges stemmed from an expansive federal investigation into misconduct claims that had surrounded Scott for much of his 17-year career, even as he made major drug busts.

Gemar was convicted with Scott at one of those trials earlier this year in what prosecutors described as a long-running scheme to steal money and property from suspects they arrested. Records show he was sentenced Oct. 20 with a recommendation that the federal Bureau of Prisons hold him at a facility as close to his family as possible. He also was ordered to pay restitution of $500 to one of his victims.