Officer sentenced for stealing $131K

Officer accused of pulling over man to steal money

By Glenna Milberg - Reporter

MIAMI - A former Miami-Dade police officer was sentenced to prison Thursday as part of a plea deal in a rip-off conspiracy.

John Villar pleaded guilty Thursday to charges of strong-arm robbery and burglary of a vehicle in connection with the April 2010 incident on the Palmetto Expressway. 

The eight-year veteran of the Miami-Dade Police Department used his badge and police vehicle to stage a traffic stop on a man who was carrying $131,000 in cash from gambling winnings, then steal that bag of money, investigators said.

Investigators believe a bookie and Villar's cousin were in on the conspiracy.

Villar was sentenced to eight years in prison and an additional three years on probation. He will not be allowed any future career in law enforcement.

"Nobody likes to go to prison, but this ended up being something that now he can put this matter behind him, get on with this life," said Roy Kahn, Villar's attorney.

Villar is expected to testify against his cousin, Fausto Villar.

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