ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – A former Bridgeton police officer will spend two years behind bars for taking a bribe and later trying to hinder a police investigation.
According to court records, a person cooperating with the FBI met with Scott Haenel, who was then a Bridgeton police officer, on several occasions late last year.
During one meeting, Haenel was paid $5,000 in cash in exchange for his agreement to assist in a money laundering scheme involving drug profits.
Haenel also agreed to use his position as a police officer to help hide the illegal activity.
Prosecutors say Haenel tried to tip off the undercover informant when he learned that DEA agents and St. Charles police officers were on their way to make an arrest.
Haenel, 38 of O’Fallon Missouri, was sentenced to 24 months in federal prison.
He could have received up to 30 years behind bars.
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