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Ex-Dunwoody cop convicted of kickbacks scheme
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Ex-Dunwoody cop convicted of kickbacks scheme

DUNWOODY, Ga. -- A former Dunwoody Police detective has pleaded guilty to sharing confidential information in exchange for plane tickets, cars and other benefits.

Robert Pasquale Bentivegna, 64, of Woodstock was convicted of computer fraud. He will be sentenced June 1.

Federal prosecutors said Bentivegna searched the Georgia Crime Information Center (GCIC) for active arrest warrants for an informant connected to several illegal activities. In exchange, he received kickbacks, including airline tickets so he and his wife could travel to New York, and cars for his son and daughter.

The GCIC contains information that could allow criminals to flee before they can be arrested, according to Acting U.S. Attorney John Horn.

"Bentivegna's conduct undermines trust in law enforcement and could have exposed the public to significant harm," Horn said in a statement.

Bentivegna is a career law enforcement officer who once worked for a federal task force. Prosecutors said he began illegally accessing the GCIC in July 2011 and shared information for about 18 months.

"It is a sad day when a career law enforcement officer turns his back on decades of public service by selling his access to sensitive law enforcement information," Horn said.

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