Former Columbus Police Officer Gregory Diltz was found guilty Thursday of making false statements to the FBI.
Diltz, a seven-year veteran of the police department when he resigned, had an extortion charge against him tossed out Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land.
The charges against Diltz stemmed from a disturbance he responded to April 10, 2007, where he arrested Phillip Whitaker, Assistant U.S. Attorney Mel Hyde has said. Diltz drove Whitaker around and extorted $200 from him, the prosecutor alleged.
Police Chief Ricky Boren has said that the prosecution against Diltz was an offshoot of the Larry Lightning investigation.
Lightning, also a former officer, pleaded guilty in December to conspiracy to possess with the intent to distribute cocaine base and to extortion by a public official. He was sentenced in May by Land to five years in prison.