Ex-Ala. cop gets 16 months for $50K theft

HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) - A federal judge has imposed a 16-month sentence on a former Decatur police officer who staged his apparent abduction, stole $50,000 from the department and fled to Las Vegas.

The judge in Huntsville sentenced former Decatur police Sgt. Faron White for theft on Tuesday. A co-defendant was to be sentenced afterward.

White already has been in jail for eight months.

White admitted stealing money from his office safe, staging his disappearance and fleeing to Las Vegas in January. Authorities said he had debts from gambling and normal family expenses.

The judge ordered White to pay about $50,000 in restitution to Decatur police.

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