Former JPD officer charged with bribery
by James Phillips
May 05, 2012 | 6803 views | 0 0 comments | 26 26 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Scottie Wilkins
Scottie Wilkins
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A former Jasper police officer was charged Friday with taking a $5,000 bribe to influence a case in state court.

Federal prosecutors say 30-year-old Scottie Dewayne Wilkins of Winston County is charged with one count of bribery.

He was accused Friday in a document called an information, which prosecutors often use when the defendant is cooperating with investigators.

U.S. Attorney Joyce Vance’s office says Wilkins is charged with soliciting and accepting the bribe last Sept. 22.

He allegedly took the money in exchange for helping someone with a probation matter that was pending in court.

The individual who paid the bribe was not named in the document.

“The charging document released by the U.S. Attorney’s Office speaks for itself,” Jasper Police Chief Connie Cooner Rowe said. “I certainly trust the U.S. Attorney’s Office and their decisions regarding this matter.”

Rowe said Wilkins resigned from the Jasper Police Department in late September.

The FBI investigated the case.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Henry Cornelius is prosecuting.

Rowe said the FBI’s involvement in the case was much appreciated.

“I think their interest and consideration in this case will forever change law enforcement in our community,” she added.

Prosecutors are trying to seize the $5,000 and a diamond ring Wilkins allegedly bought on the day he took the money.

The bribery count carries a maximum penalty of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

“More often than not, police officers make good decisions, but occasionally police officers, like all people, make poor decisions,” Rowe said. “When that happens, we are going to deal with it according to the letter of the law.”