Cincinnati Police Officer Jose Laboy-Laviena, 40, admitted Tuesday he scammed immigrants he was supposed to be helping.
Laboy-Laviena confessed to scamming illegal immigrants seeking to obtain a U Visa, a document that allows illegal immigrants stay in the United States if they are victims of a crime.
Now, he’s a convicted felon and will be spending time behind bars like many of those he arrested in his six years with Cincinnati police, where he was viewed as the face of the department in the city’s Hispanic community.
“I will resign,” the cop turned felon told Hamilton County Common Pleas Court Judge Melba Marsh.
As part of a plea deal, Laboy-Laviena pleaded guilty to the reduced charges of theft and tampering with records. They were reduced to fourth-degree felonies to eliminate the possibility of the officer being sent to prison. Prosecutors also dismissed a theft in office and two bribery charges.
In exchange, Laboy-Laviena, a father of three, agreed to resign from the Cincinnati police force, repay his victims $9,600 and serve time in jail. Read more;