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April 13, 2011

Revere officer faces federal charges

REVERE — A Revere police officer is facing charges of lying to federal investigators.

Prosecutors say 40-year-old Todd Randall was caught on video in January 2010 accepting a $200 cash bribe in exchange for help in compromising an ongoing criminal investigation. Authorities say he was on duty and in uniform at the time.

The bribe was offered by an FBI informant and made as part of an ongoing corruption probe.

Federal prosecutors say when asked about the transaction last month, Randall denied it.

Randall was released on $10,000 at a hearing Tuesday in federal court. He was also ordered to surrender any firearms and his passport.

His lawyer says he plans to mount a "vigorous defense."

If convicted, Randall faces up to five years in prison.

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