District Attorney John Wampler reported today that former Altus Police Department Officer Jose Arce, 41, entered a plea of guilty today to three counts of Attempting to Receive Stolen Property and one count of Conspiracy to Commit Receiving Stolen Property.
Arce was charged on Feb. 21, 2013, in Jackson County District Court, along with APD Officer Russell Hansel, 42, as a result of an undercover investigation conducted by the FBI and the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office of allegations of corruption involving stolen property.
Arce appeared Tuesday before District Judge Richard Darby and entered his plea of guilty and admitted that he conspired with, and acted in concert with Officer Hansel on Oct. 24, 2012, to transfer money to APD Officer Bill Perkins in exchange for various construction tools that Arce believed had been stolen. Officer Perkins, a detective with the Altus Police Department, was working undercover at the time for the FBI. Arce also admitted to attempting to receive tools from Perkins, believing them to be stolen, on two other occasions.
Arce was sentenced by Judge Darby in accordance with a plea agreement with the State to a two year deferred sentence on each of the three counts of Attempting to Receive Stolen Property and to a five year deferred sentence on the Conspiracy charge, all to run concurrent. He was ordered to serve 230 days in the Jackson County Jail and given credit for the time he has spent in jail since his arrest on Feb. 14, 2013. He was also assessed a deferral fee of $250 on each of the four counts. A part of the plea agreement also requires Arce to surrender his CLEET Certification which will prevent his future law enforcement employment in Oklahoma.
Wampler stated that, “I believe that this resolution of the case against Jose Arce is fair and his admission of guilt is vindication of any allegations that the FBI or anyone in the Altus Police Department had any kind of a vendetta against the former Altus PD Officer. There is no place in any law enforcement agency for dishonest cops.”