S. Phila. addict who conspired with cop gets 10-month sentence

Posted: July 25, 2014

A SOUTH PHILLY drug addict who conspired with a Philly police officer to steal drugs from dealers was sentenced yesterday in federal court to 10 months behind bars.

Robert Nagy, 26, was awarded for cooperating with the government, and as part of his sentence was ordered to continue cooperating with the feds.

The identity of the cop with whom he conspired was not revealed in court and has not been revealed in public court documents. He has been identified only by the initials C.S.

Nagy pleaded guilty in April to conspiracy to commit extortion. He had been charged in February by criminal information, a process that indicated he was likely to plead guilty.

According to the charging document, Nagy and the cop entered into a scheme "to extort drugs and or money from drug sellers."

The document detailed a May 2012 transaction in which Nagy and the cop stole OxyContin from a drug dealer identified as L.C.

Just before Memorial Day 2012, Nagy arranged to buy the OxyContin from L.C. around 12th and Fitzgerald streets in South Philly. As soon as L.C. arrived, the cop pulled up in uniform in a police car and falsely claimed to have seen a drug transaction even though there had been no exchange between Nagy and the dealer, according to Nagy's charging document.

The cop then ordered the dealer to retrieve the bag of OxyContin that the dealer threw to the ground. The cop then pretended to arrest Nagy, and the two drove away in the cop's car, the document says.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Arlene Fisk yesterday asked U.S. District Judge Eduardo Robreno to sentence Nagy to eight months in federal prison, below the original guideline range of 15 to 21 months.

She also told the judge that as part of any sentence, Nagy's cooperation with the government "would have to be ongoing, as this is a continuing investigation."

Robreno considered the government's eight-month suggestion to be "very generous." He noted that Nagy "has lived on the margins of society for all these years." The judge said this was "a serious crime" in which Nagy "conspired with a police officer."

Fisk told the judge this was not a onetime offense. There were 10 to 20 different extortions in a period of more than a year, she said.

Nagy and his attorney, assistant federal defender Kai Scott, expressed to the judge his remorse, his desire for drug treatment, and his hopes to be a productive member of society.

Patty Hartman, spokeswoman for the U.S. Attorney's Office, said before the hearing that "no one else has been charged" in the case besides Nagy. The office doesn't comment on people who have not been charged.

Nagy was sentenced last month in Common Pleas Court in an unrelated robbery case.

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