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WE WERE TIPPED OFF| Officer takes stand in racketeering case

"WE WERE TIPPED OFF"| Officer takes stand in racketeering case

BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Former Baltimore City Police Officers take the stand against other members of the disbanded Gun Trace Task Force.

Former officers Marcus Taylor and Daniel Hersl maintain their innocence in federal corruption charges against them.

Maurice Ward pleaded guilty to corruption charges last year.

Ward laid out the methods of the Gun Trace Task Force. As a member, Ward robbed suspected drug dealers and committed overtime fraud.

In federal court Tuesday, Ward said he couldn’t remember when he began robbing people, but the overtime fraud began when he met Sergeant Wayne Jenkins, who also plead guilty to racketeering charges.

Prosecution wraps testimony with Ward by asking if anyone tipped GTTF off to investigations against them. Ward says a police officer, tipped off GTTF leader Wayne Jenkins. And an internal affairs officer tipped off defendant Taylor too.

Ward identified the officer that tipped off Jenkins with his last name only, it is the same last name of an officer who was with Jenkins when Jenkins devised a plan to plant drugs on two men, Umar Burley and Brent Mathews, who were wrongly imprisoned for planting drugs.

The officer that Ward said the tip came from was not charged in that case. He is working at the academy now. Ward also testified that defendant Taylor lied to a judge on a warrant.

Ward continues his testimony Thursday, admitting to lying on the witness stand in multiple criminal cases in which he testified.

Three other officers from the gun squad are also scheduled to testify.


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