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MOUNT VERNON - The United States District Court Southern District of Ohio, Eastern Division has announced a plea agreement in the case against former MVPD detective Matt Dailey. 

On October 1, 2015 Dailey was arrested by the FBI on a criminal complaint which alleged Dailey used his position with the Mount Vernon Police Department to extort others, traffic in narcotics, and use a firearm while committing drug trafficking crimes.

Dailey pleaded guilty to extortion, under color of official rights. Such a charge is known as the Hobbs Act. A public official commits extortion under the color of right when he obtains a payment to which he is not entitled knowing that it was made in exchange for official acts.

The plea agreement announced Wednesday lists five elements and penalties.

Elements:

1. The defendant was a public official.

2. The defendant obtained a thing of value not due him or his office

3. The defendant did so knowing that the thing of value was given in return for official action

4. The defendant did or attempted in any way or degree to delay, obsruct, or affect interstate commerce, or an item moving in interstate commerce; and

5. These acts occurred within the Southern District of Ohio.

Dailey could face a maximum of 20 years in prison, a fine of $250,000, 3 years of supervised released and a $100 special assessment. 

The Court's Public Information Officer, Jennifer Thornton, said the court will schedule a plea hearing with sentencing to follow at a later date. 

To read the original complaint against Dailey click here

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