A DUI probationer in Palm Beach County ruined 31-year-old Sayied Khan's alleged bribery scheme Tuesday after the probationer called the cops thinking it was a bit creepy that Khan called her one night asking her to meet him in a parking lot to fake her community service hours for $300.
According to a probable-cause affidavit, Khan -- a clerk for Palm Beach County's Justice Services Division in West Palm Beach -- was getting the criminals to pay him cash in exchange for signing off on their court-ordered community service, which he's not supposed to sign off on legally or illegally, according to the department's director.
Khan was apparently allowed to sign off on community service hours only on an emergency basis -- around six or seven times a year.
Instead, the cops discovered he'd done it 33 times in the past six months, so they decided to verify a few of the community service hours.
Of course, police say, several of the clients called never had any record of the people Khan had approved coming in to do work for them, and they also discovered one person did his community service for a company he was the vice president of, which apparently is within the rules.
The cops then decided to do a little setup operation by having a detective see if she could pay Khan for some forging of community service hours.
Khan said he would "take care of everything," and sure enough, Khan was in a McDonald's parking lot a few days later, planning to take $430 from an undercover detective, the report says.
As with most reports written by the cops, it ends with Khan being arrested and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail.
He's been charged with one count of unlawful compensation for official behavior and one count of official misconduct -- both felonies -- and faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted.
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