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Sheriff Sentenced For Robbing Drug Dealers

DrugsFrom 2011 to 2013, 45-year old Robert Vaughan robbed 8 drug dealers of cocaine, marijuana and contraband cigarettes.  He earned a profit of $300,000.  Vaughan conducted the robberies in Chicago, Cicero, Plainfield, Lyons, Melrose Park, and Forest Park, Illinois.  Maybe this would not be news if not but for the fact that Vaughan was a police officer with the Cook County Sheriff’s Department when he committed the robberies along with two other law enforcement officers.  Vaughan admitted to the crime in a plea agreement.  On April 13, 2016, Vaughan was sentenced to 7 and a half years in federal prison.

In his argument for sentencing, Assistant U.S. Attorney Sunil Harjani wrote;

 “This is the type of crime one would expect to only see on a television show. The crimes were brazen, arrogant and detrimental to the citizens of this district.  While the victims of the offense in this case garner no sympathy – they are drug dealers and contraband traffickers – it cannot excuse the outrageous conduct by Vaughan, who committed robberies using his badge and gun.”

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