Posted: Mar 29, 2013 7:58 AM
TYLER, Texas (AP) - An East Texas police officer has been charged with using his law enforcement position to acquire hydrocodone by fraud.
Federal prosecutors say 32-year-old Canton police Officer James Melvin Bradshaw faces six counts of acquiring a controlled substance by misrepresentation. Bradshaw was arrested Thursday - a day after being indicted - and made an initial court appearance in Tyler.
The indictment says Bradshaw six times last year allegedly used his job to obtain hydrocodone by fraud, deception or misrepresentation from people with legitimate prescriptions.
Prosecutors and Canton police on Friday didn't immediately provide additional details on the case.
If convicted, Bradshaw faces up to four years in prison on each count. An attorney for Bradshaw couldn't immediately be located.
Canton is 50 miles southeast of Dallas.
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