Former Metro police officer sentenced to 10 years in prison

Tuesday, May 22, 2012 at 12:57pm
Staff reports
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Richard Wilson

A former Metro Nashville Police Department officer and his co-defendant were sentenced yesterday in connection with fraud and money laundering charges.

Richard Wilson, 32, was sentenced to 10 years in prison for federal program fraud and Michael Dwayne Wray, 32, was sentenced to five years for money laundering.

Wilson was indicted last June for providing assistance to drug traffickers. He received $24,500 for transporting what he believed to be cocaine and drug money to locations around Nashville. Investigators found that Wilson was on duty, in uniform and in an official police car while committing the crime.

The Metro Nashville Police Department promptly decommissioned Wilson following the charges. Wilson resigned from the department a month later.

Wray entered a plea agreement detailing a June 2011 transaction between Wilson and an undercover FBI agent. Wilson delivered what he believed to be cocaine to undercover agents in a Nashville hotel and received $5,000 in cash. Wray assisted Wilson during the transaction.

Both men pleaded guilty in January.

A third defendant in the case, Adam Yates, also entered a plea agreement in January. He has a sentencing hearing scheduled for June 11.

7 Comments on this post:

By: DDG on 5/22/12 at 2:52

This guy looks ugly as he is, he'll be popular in prison. Imagine what the guy(s) will look like that trade him for cigarettes.

By: spooky24 on 5/23/12 at 5:45

By playing rat with the Feds both managed to stay out of the Bend and apt for a federal facility which will not be disclosed-so I will do it for them- FCI Edgefield in South Carolina a minimum security 'work camp' not a prison.
Sweet deal.

By: NewYorker1 on 5/23/12 at 8:30

He's fat. EW!

By: NewYorker1 on 5/23/12 at 8:32

All that drama for $24,500. So sad. Well, we at least know that he didn't spend any of it on a gym membership.

By: DDG on 5/23/12 at 10:36

The average metro cop isn't much brighter than this knucklehead. Most of them are rude and arrogant. LOOK I HAVE A BADGE!!!

By: NewYorker1 on 5/23/12 at 12:37

DDG, I totally agree. Most cops are just dumb @$$es that think they walk on water. When I hear or read of one being killed, I love it.

By: 4asd on 6/6/12 at 1:27

Spooky24 is both wrong and worse than anything this man could've ever done because he is trying to be a rat!!!
NewYorker1 sounds like you need and want attention Good Luck with that!
DDG is the most truthful and honest as of yet to comment however also very wrong on the first post he made.

Stick to topics that need real time and attention this man done wrong is paying his time and life is going on and due to that fact he was a cop he got the most time of the deals.