FW Vice Cop Took Bribes: Prosecutors

Retired vice officer allegedly took money from gambling company

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    A former Fort Worth vice squad officer is accused of taking bribes.

    A former Fort Worth police officer was indicted Friday on charges he accepted bribes from a company that operated illegal “8-liner” video games in Tarrant County and across Texas.

    Ed Adcock retired in early 2008, but prosecutors said the charges involve the time he worked in the vice unit. '“A big part of his job was making sure the (gambling) businesses were in compliance,” said Fort Worth police Lt. Ken Dean.

    Adcock could not immediately be reached for comment. His attorney, Michael Heiskell, did not return a phone call.

    Details of the indictment from a Tarrant County grand jury were not available Friday night because Adcock had not yet been booked into jail.

    The indictment comes one day after four executives of the gambling company, Aces Wired, pleaded guilty in Tarrant County District Court to assorted charges and agreed to surrender money they made from their gambling operation.

    In court papers filed in Corpus Christi, prosecutors alleged the executives paid Adcock for "exercise of discretion as a public servant."

    Gordon Graves, 72, pleaded guilty to tampering with evidence. He received a $5000 fine and a two-year deferred sentence.

    The other executives, Kenneth Griffith, 59, Jeremy Tyra, 27, and Knowles Cornwell, 57, all of Dallas, pleaded guilty to hindering apprehension and prosecution. They were fined $4000 and given two-year deferred sentences.

    In coordinated raids across Texas, police shut down Aces Wired in May 2008. Officers seized video machines in Fort Worth, Arlington, Corpus Christi, Copperas Cove, San Antonio, and Tye. Investigators also searched the company’s Dallas headquarters.

    As part of their plea agreements, the four executives agreed to cooperate with ongoing state and federal investigations.