Prosecutors Seek Jury Trial in Theft Case Involving Corbett's Former Son-in-Law

Former Philadelphia narcotics officer Gerald Gibson is accused of stealing cash during a federal sting

By Vince Lattanzio
|  Monday, Jul 8, 2013  |  Updated 2:56 PM EDT
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Raw video of Governor Tom Corbett's son-in-law walking out of court as reporters question him. Gerald Gibson, 43, was a narcotics officer with the Philadelphia police force who was under investigation by the FBI and Philly's Internal Affairs Unit. Sources told NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez that Gibson was caught on hidden camera, taking money out of a car he was told to search. What Gibson didn't know, according to sources, is that that the money was planted in the car by investigators.

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Raw video of Governor Tom Corbett's son-in-law walking out of court as reporters question him. Gerald Gibson, 43, was a narcotics officer with the Philadelphia police force who was under investigation by the FBI and Philly's Internal Affairs Unit. Sources told NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez that Gibson was caught on hidden camera, taking money out of a car he was told to search. What Gibson didn't know, according to sources, is that that the money was planted in the car by investigators.

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Prosecutors in Philadelphia want a jury to decide whether the former son-in-law of Pennsylvania’s governor is guilty of stealing money during an federal sting.

Gerald Gibson, a former Philadelphia Police narcotics officer, is charged with several crimes including theft by deception for allegedly pocketing money from a car he was asked to search. Officials said the money was planted by investigators from the FBI and Philadelphia Police’s Internal Affairs Unit. Gibson was also allegedly caught on camera stealing the undetermined amount of cash.

The 43-year-old was placed on administrative leave in January following the sting, but was not officially charged until July 3.

At a status hearing Monday, the prosecution asked the judge for a jury trial in the case.

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Gibson, who was married to Gov. Tom Corbett’s daughter Katherine, did not answer questions from reporters as he left the courtroom at Philadelphia’s Criminal Justice Center.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for early August.

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