Ind. judge: Ex-cop sent court fraudulent letters

HAMMOND, Ind. - A federal judge who sentenced a former Gary police officer to 30 months on drug and weapons charges says the man committed a "travesty" by sending his court fraudulent letters of support.

U.S. District Judge Joseph Van Bokkelen told David Finley at Friday's sentencing hearing he has no doubt Finley was involved in sending his court faked letters of support. Judges consider such letters when setting sentences.

The Post-Tribune reports federal officials discovered that at least two of the submitted letters had been faked and another was written by Finley with a friend's permission. Van Bokkelen told Finley his actions are "a real travesty" and he'll never read letters of support the same way.

Finley pleaded guilty to selling a gun to a known felon and dealing marijuana.

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