It was the first federal court appearance on Thursday for the former Massachusetts police chief who's accused of using his badge to extort money for charity, then turning around and stealing that money for himself. Geoff Redick has more.
MASSACHUSETTS -- The former Lee Police Chief has pleaded not guilty to one count of extortion and three counts of money laundering. Joseph Buffis was arraigned Thursday afternoon.
Buffis was fired earlier this month after being indicted on charges of extorting thousands of dollars from people facing prostitution charges.
Police say in February of last year, Buffis deposited $4,000 into a bank account for a charitable fund he controlled, then withdrew most of it to pay for personal expenses.
He was released on an unsecured $100,000 bond, meaning he won't pay unless he violates his terms of release. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison for each count.