Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Middle District of Florida
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Former Longwood Police Chief Sentenced To Four Years In Federal Prison
Orlando, Florida – Senior U.S. District Judge Gregory A. Presnell has sentenced Thomas S. Jackson to four years in federal prison for conspiracy and bribery of an agent of a local government receiving federal funds. A federal jury found him guilty on October 27, 2015.
According to the evidence presented at trial, Jackson was the Chief of Police of the Longwood Police Department (LPD) from 1997 until his retirement on May 28, 2010. Between October 2007 and the date of his retirement, Samer Majzoub, a convicted felon, paid Jackson more than $30,000 in bribes. In return, Jackson appointed Majzoub as an officer with the LPD. Jackson gave Majzoub the supervisory titles of commander, lieutenant, and sergeant, and provided him with badges and credentials that represented Majzoub as an officer of LPD. Jackson also assisted Majzoub in possessing firearms and ammunition. As a previously convicted felon, Majzoub was prohibited from possessing firearms and ammunition under federal law.
Majzoub has been charged by indictment with one count of conspiracy and three counts of bribery of an agent of a local government receiving federal funds. He has not been arrested and is a fugitive.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Internal Revenue Service – Criminal Investigation. It was prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Roger B. Handberg and James D. Mandolfo.