Former Los Angeles County Undersheriff Paul Tanaka and another high-ranking officer in the sheriff’s department orchestrated an effort to obstruct a federal investigation into excessive force and corruption in county jails, according to a federal grand jury indictment against the two men.
The indictment, a copy of which was reviewed by the Los Angeles Times in advance of its release by prosecutors Thursday morning, outlines a litany of orders Tanaka and former Capt. William “Tom” Carey allegedly gave in the summer of 2011 to sheriff’s deputies working to conceal from FBI agents the whereabouts of an inmate the FBI was using as an informant.
Tanaka and Carey face charges of conspiracy and obstruction of justice. In addition, Carey is accused of giving false testimony during last year’s corruption trials of lower-ranking sheriff’s officials.
As undersheriff, Tanaka was the second-highest ranking official in the department. Carey oversaw internal criminal…
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