NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) — Former Nashville Judge Casey Moreland received a 44-month prison sentence Friday.
Moreland pleaded guilty to five counts of relating to obstruction of justice, witness tampering, and stealing money from an organization receiving federal funds in late May.
According to Acting Assistant Attorney General John Cochran, the FBI began investigating back in Jan. 2017 whether or not Moreland offered sexual favors for favorable treatment as a General Sessions Judge.
Moreland later admitted that he actively took steps to obstruct the investigation in Feb. 2017 by paying a witness to sign a false affidavit to recant her previous statements. The Department of Justice also said Moreland planted drugs in the witness's car so she would be arrested and her credibility would be destroyed.
He used a burned phone registered to Raul Rodriguez to carry out these plans, working with someone who would become in an information for the FBI.
Back in March, Moreland faced more charges of tampering with a witness, victim, or informant and destruction, alteration, or falsification of records in a Federal investigation.
Moreland resigned in March 2017 amid an FBI investigation charging him with public corruption.