A former Lawrence police officer on Monday was sentenced to probation for two years, after pleading guilty to 14 counts of federal wire fraud, prosecutors said.
Robert Ryan Sayler, 32, was accused of selling stolen video games on eBay last year while he was a member of the Lawrence Police Department. He entered a guilty plea in the case in August.
Prosecutors said Sayler executed a scheme in which he bought video games from Target, removed the game discs from the original packaging and returned the empty boxes to Target for a refund. He then sold the games on the Internet auction site eBay for $30 to $46 a piece.
The activity occurred between Aug. 9 and Sept. 17, 2008, while he was working as a police officer. He was earning a $58,333 annual salary when he was terminated Dec. 23, 2008, after more than eight years on the police force.
U.S. District Judge Monti Belot handed down the probation sentence on Monday.