A Maryland businesswoman pleaded guilty today to paying cash bribes to an officer with the Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) in return for information contained in non-public police paperwork identifying individuals involved in traffic accidents.
Raquel DePaula, 43, of Beltsville, Md., pleaded guilty in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, to one count of bribery of a public official. The Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan did not schedule a sentencing date. Under federal sentencing guidelines, she faces a likely range of 18 to 24 months in prison, as well as financial penalties. As part of her plea agreement, she must pay $15,001 in a forfeiture money judgment.
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