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Taking Money to “Fix” a Ticket: Cleveland Officer Could Get Five Years

CLEVELAND, Miss.–You’ve certainly heard of ticket fixing. You may have even had one fixed yourself before. But, what if the cop asks for money to do it. That’s double illegal and Cleveland Police officer Melvin Sparks may have to do jail time. He was indicted on an extortion charge this week.

Sparks turned himself in to the Bolivar County sheriff after his indictment, said  Atty. Gen. Jim Hood.

Sparks was released late Wednesday on a $10,000 bond. If convicted, Sparks faces up to five years behind bars, removal from office and a $5,000 fine, said a news release from Hood.

 

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