WOODBURY - Three former high-ranking Nassau County police officials who were indicted in a cover-up scheme each received six-figure retirement payouts when they resigned, records obtained by Newsday show.The former officials are accused of helping the son of an influential businessman avoid burglary charges. The suspect in that case, Zachary Parker, pleaded guilty today to burglarizing a Bellmore school in 2009 and being in possession of stolen property.Former Second Deputy Commissioner William Flanagan, former Deputy Chief of Patrol John Hunter and retired Detective Sgt. Alan Sharpe were indicted last month on charges of corruption and official misconduct. Each received between $320,000 and $450,000 in retirement payouts when they resigned in the days and weeks before they were officially charged, according to records obtained by Newsday.An attorney for Flanagan says his client was set to retire anyway, and that he and the other men worked hard for three decades to earn that money.All three former officials have maintained their innocence. They're due back in court in May.
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