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7th guilty plea in BPD Gun Trace Task Force case

Posted at 7:54 AM, Dec 08, 2017

A seventh person has pleaded guilty in the scandal involving the Baltimore City police Gun Trace Task Force.

Thomas Finnegan of Pennsylvania admitted to committing an armed home invasion to help Baltimore City Detective Jemelle Rayam steal $20,000. Finnegan, who is not a police officer, said Rayam gave him a police vest to wear when he broke into the couple's home and robbed them at gunpoint.

According to Finnegan's plea agreement, on June 27, 2014 police officers with the Gun Trace Task force executed a search warrant at a store that sold birdseed and pigeons. No illegal items were found, but the owners had $20,000 in cash they intended to use to pay off tax liabilities they owed on two homes.

Rayam saw the money, and recruited his cousin, David Rahim, and Finnegan to steal the money that night. He used a law enforcement database to look up the couple's home address. He then gave Rahim and Finnegan police tactical gear to wear during the home invasion, and waited outside the victims home in a car so he could intercept any officers who responded.

Rahim pleaded guilty to the robbery earlier this year. Finnegan faces up to 20 years in prison for the robbery charge and up to life in prison for the firearm charge. His sentencing is set for March 9, 2018.

Rayam and four other former Gun Trace Task Force members have already pleaded guilty in the federal racketeering case. Three other indicted officers are set to stand trial early next year.