Arguing that he was acting out of greed, not out of compassion, the federal government wants a judge to send a former top narcotics cop to more than three years in prison.

The recommendation is contained in a pre-sentencing memo filed Tuesday by Acting U.S. Attorney Nora R. Dannehy.

It concerns former New Haven Lt. Billy White, whose career came to a crashing end last year after the feds arrested him on corruption charges, launching a citywide soul-searching and reform plan about how the city police department runs.

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