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D.C. police officer convicted in stolen iPad case

A D.C. police officer was convicted of receiving stolen property Wednesday, authorities said.

D.C. Superior Court Judge Harold L. Cushenberry Jr. found eight-year veteran Dioni Fernandez guilty after a four-day trial, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier.

Fernandez, 35, was one of three officers arrested on similar charges on March 8. The other two pleaded guilty to attempting to receive stolen property. Silvestre Bonilla is awaiting sentencing, while Guillermo Ortiz was placed on probation.

In Fernandez’s case, authorities said, he picked up a cooperating witness while on duty on Feb. 23. The witness then sold an iPad to one of Fernandez’s relatives for $150. In telephone calls later that day, the witness and Fernandez discussed plans to sell more stolen iPads.

On March 1, authorities said, Fernandez called a restaurant employee and told the person to give the witness $300 for two iPads. The witness sold one, then called Fernandez to say his associates needed more time to steal the second one.

FBI agents and police officers searched Fernandez’s apartment on March, finding an iPad that Fernandez had purchased from the witness, according to authorities.

Sentencing in Fernandez’s case was scheduled for Jan. 27.

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