Columbus police officer indicted on federal felony charge

A Columbus police patrolman was indicted Wednesday by a federal grand jury in the Middle District of Georgia on a charge of misprision of a felony.

Cory Wilber has turned in his badge and gun and is currently taking "personal time" following the allegation that he concealed knowledge of a felony and participated in a scheme to steal money from a drug organization.

The felony of which Wilber is accused of concealing is conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute marijuana. According to the Columbus Consolidated Government's human resources department, Wilber was hired March 23, 1998, as a patrol officer. His pay was $31,922.28 a year. Upon his arrest, expected to come either Friday or Monday, Wilber will be terminated from the police department, Columbus Police Chief Ricky Boren said.

"We're going to continue our investigation," Boren said. "We're cleaning our own house."