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Hidden from view, Gun Trace Task Force robs, defrauds city

Hidden from view, Gun Trace Task Force robs, defrauds city

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - As a corrupt officer laid out his crimes in federal court, Baltimore’s city council president is asked how the corruption remained hidden for as long as it did.

Maurice Ward pleaded guilty to corruption charges last year. He is testifying against two of his fellow Baltimore Police Department officers, Daniel Hersl and Marcus Taylor. They maintain their innocence in the charges against them.

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.

On Wednesday, FOX45 asked City Council President Bernard C. “Jack” Young, how the Gun Trace Task Force was able to carry out its crimes until a federal investigation shut the squad down.

“I haven’t the slightest idea. I really don’t. I don’t have the slightest idea. I do know that some of the street guys used to say that the police department had these officers that were robbing them, and I didn’t believe it,” Young said.

Ward continues his testimony Thursday. Three other officers from the gun squad are also scheduled to testify.

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