A veteran Burbank police officer was indicted this week on federal corruption charges for his involvement in an alleged bribery scheme involving his girlfriend and her estranged husband.
The officer, Anthony Valento, 42, is accused of agreeing to attempt to influence prosecutors to reduce or dismiss domestic violence charges against his girlfriend’s estranged husband, Jeremy Bassett, in exchange for money for his girlfriend, Gayle Bassett, as part of the pair’s divorce settlement, records show.
Additionally, Valento is accused defrauding the city of Burbank by allegedly falsifying records and disabling his patrol car’s GPS device to make it appear as though he was working when he was not, according to the indictment.
Much of the time, he was at Gayle Bassett’s home, according to court records.
Valento remains on paid administrative leave with the Burbank Police Department, city officials said Wednesday.
Federal prosecutors allege that between April and August, Valento solicited more than $100,000 from Jeremy Bassett in exchange for getting pending domestic violence charges against him reduced or dropped, according to court records.