Pa. man gets 81⁄ years in rob­bery linked to task force

Baltimore Sun - - MARYLAND -

A Penn­syl­va­nia man was sen­tenced Wed­nes­day to 81⁄ years in fed­eral prison for com­mit­ting an armed rob­bery along­side a cor­rupt Bal­ti­more po­lice de­tec­tive. Thomas Fin­negan, 38, of Eas­ton, Pa., pleaded guilty in De­cem­ber to the rob­bery. His civil­ian co-de­fen­dant, David Rahim, 42, of Bal­ti­more, was sen­tenced in March to five years for the rob­bery. U.S. District Judge Cather­ine Blake also or­dered them to pay back the $20,000 they stole. Ac­cord­ing to plea agree­ments by the two men, mem­bers of the Gun Trace Task Force, in­clud­ing Rahim’s cousin, De­tec­tive Jemell Rayam, 42, searched a South Bal­ti­more pi­geon sup­ply store in June 2014. Dur­ing the search, of­fi­cers dis­cov­ered $20,000 in cash. Donna Curry and Jeffrey Shore, own­ers of Pat­ap­sco Feed & Sup­plies, said they had bor­rowed the cash from friends and fam­ily to pay off debt on two homes. Af­ter­ward, Rayam, who was also charged in the rob­bery, told Fin­negan and Rahim about the money, pros­e­cu­tors said. And they plot­ted to rob the cou­ple at their home later that even­ing. Rayam gave Fin­negan and Rahim po­lice tac­ti­cal gear to im­per­son­ate of­fi­cers dur­ing the rob­bery, and waited out­side in a po­lice car so he could in­ter- cept any re­spond­ing of­fi­cers. Fin­negan and Rahim en­tered the home and robbed the cou­ple at gun­point of the $20,000. The rob­bery was part of a long-run­ning cor­rup­tion scheme car­ried out by mem­bers of the rogue po­lice unit and their ac­com­plices. Eight Bal­ti­more po­lice of­fi­cers have been con­victed of rob­bing drug deal­ers and cheat­ing on their over­time pay. Five of the of­fi­cers have been sen­tenced to prison terms rang­ing from seven to 25 years. The other three await sen­tenc­ing. the driver and for cab vans with signs of dam­age, Smith said. Smith called for the driver to turn him­self or her­self in to po­lice. “Turn your­self in. Ex­plain what hap­pened,” Smith said. “It could be a log­i­cal ex­pla­na­tion as to what hap­pened, but leav­ing the scene of an ac­ci­dent is a crime.” Po­lice are look­ing into video footage from the area, and ask­ing any­one with in­for­ma­tion about the hi­tand-run to come for­ward.

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Wed­nes­day. While the idea was ini­tially aimed to sup­port LGBTQ vic­tims, he said the pro­gram in Bal­ti­more can help sup­port all crime vic­tims.

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