Former Detroit Police Officer Sentenced for Bribery, Identity Theft

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette today announced that former Detroit Police Officer Tamboura Kenyatta Jackson, 41, of Clinton Township, was sentenced to serve up to 20 years in prison before Wayne County Circuit Judge Mark T. Slavens after being convicted of felony racketeering, forgery, and bribery charges by a Wayne County jury on December 23, 2014.  The case originated from an investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI)-led Detroit Area Public Corruption Task Force in collaboration with Schuette’s Public Integrity Unit.

“Public officers who abuse the public’s trust for personal gain greatly undermine the integrity of law enforcement,” said Schuette.  “Confidence in public safety is vital in Michigan’s turnaround.  I’d like to thank Chief Craig for his efforts to bring accountability to the force and the FBI for their assistance and hard work on this case.”

“This department does not and will not tolerate such egregious acts by our members,” said Chief James Craig. “We will cooperate with all law enforcement agencies to vigorously investigate any and all crimes of this nature. I would like to emphasize that the actions of this employee are not conducive to the vast majority of officers who serve the citizens of this city with the utmost level of integrity and dedication.”

“Law enforcement officers who sell their services for criminal and fraudulent purposes breach their duty to protect and serve the public,” stated Paul M. Abbate, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Detroit Field Office. “FBI Detroit, in concert with our partners on the Detroit Area Public Corruption Task Force and in the Michigan Attorney General’s Public Integrity Unit, will continue to pursue those who breach the public trust for their own personal gain, and hold them accountable under the law for their actions.”

Co-defendant Lisa Curtis, 35 of Macomb, previously pleaded guilty to bribing Jackson and testified against him.


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