A former Chandler cop will testify against two leaders of a religious nonprofit organization who are accused of bribing him, according to a plea deal unsealed this week.
The agreement and the rest of Bradley Forward’s court records were sealed by Judge Richard Gama in March when he pleaded guilty in Maricopa County Superior Court to one count of computer tampering.
An indictment alleged that he gave an investigative file to Edward Purvis and Gregg Wolfe, leaders of Nakami Chi Group Ministries International, when they were under scrutiny by the Arizona Corporation Commission and state attorney general.
He also stood accused of using restricted police databases to conduct background checks on investigators and witnesses in the case against Purvis and Wolfe. All but the one charge he pleaded guilty to were dropped.
Andrea Esquer, attorney general spokeswoman, said her office did not ask for the records to be sealed and supported efforts by the media to open them.
Purvis and Wolfe are indicted on charges of bribing Forward and harassing public officials. Authorities alleged in search warrants that Purvis and Wolfe ran a fraud scheme and used investors’ money for their personal gain.