Kudos to the Texas Department of Public Safety for ferreting out a corrupt trooper in an undercover sting who was shaking down Latino motorists. According to the Houston Chronicle:
A former Texas Department of Public Safety trooper was sentenced [Tuesday] to federal prison for stealing money from motorists, particularly Hispanics.
Michael Anthony Higgins, 43, was sentenced in Corpus Christi federal court to four years in prison, federal officials said.
He also must serve one year of supervised release and was ordered to pay $850 in restitution.
A jury convicted Higgins on Jan. 13 of four counts of willfully stealing money from motorists he stopped on the highway while he was working as a trooper.
Federal authorities said Higgins stopped motorists who appeared to be of Hispanic descent and stole their money, usually in amounts of several hundred dollars.
Civilian complaints led DPS and the Texas Rangers to investigate Higgins.
An undercover agent posing as a motorist was stopped by Higgins, who asked the driver for money and then took some of it, officials said.