SAN JOSE (CBS/AP) –  A Santa Clara police officer is facing federal criminal charges for allegedly passing on confidential information to a Hells Angels member to settle a debt.

The San Jose Mercury News reports that an indictment unsealed Monday in federal court in San Jose charges 36-year-old Clay Rojas with fraud and conspiracy.

The indictment alleges that Rojas supplied insider information, such as criminal and motor vehicle records, to William, a suspected member of the motorcycle gang.

It claims Bettencourt had loaned Rojas money, and Rojas was using the confidential information as a form of payment.

The federal charges come on top of state charges filed against Rojas in October. Bettencourt also is in jail and faces related state charges.

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Comments (2)
  1. JaneQPublic says:

    Poorly written article. WHO is Bettencourt? WHO is William? Should the gang-ster have been ID’d as William Bettencourt?

    And is the ‘dirty’ cop Rojas in jail? Or out?

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