Deputy charged in drug sting, partner found dead in federal jail

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A Cook County Sheriff's deputy faces charges himself after prosecutor say he orchestrated a scheme to rip off drug dealers instead of putting them behind bars.

In a 30-page criminal complaint, the feds outline their case against 44-year-old Cook County Sheriff's Officer Robert Vaughan. They allege Vaughn, who was actually a member of a team that worked to fight drug trafficking, was himself robbing dealers of drugs and money and in some cases re-selling those drugs.

Meanwhile, Vaughn's partner, 45-year old Stanley Kogut, who was also arrested Monday but had yet to be charged, was found dead Tuesday morning at the Metropolitan Correctional Center in an apparent suicide.

The feds say the two officers were involved in crimes dating back to 2011, when they allegedly used their positions as police officers to rob dealers of marijuana, contraband-cigarettes and money, which they allegedly kept for their own benefit, in some cases pocketing the cash and selling the drugs.

Monday's arrest of officers Vaughan and Kogut in suburban Bedford Park was part of a sting involving an undercover FBI agent. The officers were allegedly planning to rob a man they thought was a dealer of 70 pounds of marijuana when they were arrested instead.

The complaint alleges that Vaughan pocketed tens of thousands of dollars over the last three years. He was also recorded on tape and video on a number of occasions discussing the crimes.

Vaughan is due back in court Wednesday for a detention hearing.

An autopsy is schedule for Wednesday on Officer Kogut, but foul play is not suspected.


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