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Despite FBI work, corrupt cop gets prison time

CHICAGO – A former Chicago police officer who served as a FBI informant has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for shaking down a tow truck driver and selling guns to a convicted felon.

Ali Haleem was charged in January 2013 as part of Operation Tow Scam, a federal probe of bribery and extortion involving Chicago police officers. Haleem pleaded guilty in April 2013 before U.S. District Judge John Z. Lee.

The 47-year-old Haleem kept his police job after being arrested in 2008. The Chicago Sun-Times reports (http://bit.ly/1uBmqoU) Haleem helped build corruption cases against nine defendants, including the campaign treasurer for former State Sen. Rickey Hendon.

Haleem told Lee on Wednesday that he took "a 180 degree turn" by working with the FBI. However the judge said Haleem betrayed his badge.

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