By Marty Trese, KnoxPages.com Editor
COLUMBUS - Former MVPD Detective Matt Dailey Friday entered a guilty plea in U.S.District Court to an extortion under color of official right charge. Other federal charges against Dailey have been dropped.
The FBI arrested Dailey at his Apple Valley home last September. The agency says Dailey used his position with the MVPD to extort others. Dailey resigned from the MVPD and has remained in federal custody in Columbus since then.
The Columbus Dispatch reported that Dailey's attorney, Sam Shamansky, after the court appearance said, "He has been addicted to narcotic painkillers for many, many years following an on-duty injury...He began stealing not for financial gain but strictly to provide Percocets, to which he was horribly addicted."
The statement of facts that Assistant U.S. Attorney Jessica Kim and FBI Special Agent Tisha Hartsough presented in court Friday laid out how Dailey operated, the paper reported.
Dailey took marijuana, methamphetamine, bath salts and ecstacy pills from the property room, gave the drugs to an informant to sell and then split the profits with him.
Judge Algenon Marbley Friday ordered a pre-sentence investigation which will take 6 to 8 weeks. Dailey could face a $250,000 fine and 20 years in prison.