Criminal courts

Ex-Hialeah cop pleads no contest in bribery case

 

dovalle@MiamiHerald.com

Six years after he was arrested for shaking down a motorist in a McDonald’s parking lot, former Hialeah officer Misael Guzman on Friday pleaded no contest to a bribery charge.

Guzman, 48, will not serve any jail time, but agreed to give up his law enforcement certification and pay more than $3,000 to Hialeah police and prosecutors for the cost of investigating him.

He also received a “withhold of adjudication,” which means the felony bribery conviction will not show on his criminal history.

Hialeah police said that in October 2007, Guzman pulled over a motorist, wrote him several tickets but then asked for $100 cash or else he would call a tow truck.

The motorist agreed to meet him later to give him cash, then called Hialeah police, which launched an internal affairs investigation. That night, investigators secretly video taped Guzman — who was off work and out of uniform — accepting the cash at the parking lot of the McDonald’s on East Fourth Avenue and 45th Street.

Guzman worked as a Hialeah officer for 10 years before his arrest and firing.

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