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Former Chicago officer gets 15 months in prison

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A former Chicago police officer has been sentenced to 15 months in prison for extorting a tow truck driver and selling guns to a convicted felon.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports a federal judge sentenced Ali Haleem on Wednesday. The judge says Haleem didn't receive a longer sentence because he worked as an undercover informant for the FBI after agents arrested him in 2008.

The 47-year-old helped build public corruption cases against nine defendants, including two people at the Cook County Board of Review.

Haleem apologized Wednesday and told the court he worked for the FBI for four years to take "a 180 degree turn" from his previous wrongdoing.

He is one of 10 former Chicago officers convicted in recent years of extorting tow truck drivers at accident scenes.

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