Former Atlanta police officer sentenced to prison

Former Atlanta police officer sentenced to prison

ATLANTA (AP) - A former Atlanta police officer has been sentenced to two years in federal prison after prosecutors say he conspired to accept bribes and lied to FBI agents.

Elton Augustin was sentenced Tuesday. Prosecutors say Augustin worked at an illegal nightclub in Atlanta from June through August 2007.

They say he and two other Atlanta police officers got more than $10,000 in cash to provide security and prevent other officers from investigating illegal activity at the club. That activity included gambling, prostitution, drug sales and permit violations.

The other two officers, Lucius T. Solomon and Eric Jones, were also convicted of bribery charges. Solomon also pleaded guilty to drug trafficking and got 12 years in prison. Jones pleaded guilty to conspiring with Augustin to accept bribes and is awaiting sentencing.

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