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More than a dozen Baltimore police officers and the owners of a car repair shop have been charged in a towing extortion scheme.
Federal authorities announced Wednesday that 17 officers and two brothers who own Majestic Auto Repair Shop in Rosedale were charged in the conspiracy. Prosecutors say the brothers paid officers to arrange for their company, rather than a city-authorized company, to tow vehicles from accident scenes and make repairs.
Prosecutors say the officers received $300 for each vehicle they steered to Majestic and over the two-year scheme officers received payments
A criminal complaint was filed today charging 17 Baltimore City Police officers and two brothers who own a car repair shop with conspiring to commit extortion in connection with a scheme in which the repair shop owners paid police officers to arrange for their company, rather than a city-authorized company, to tow vehicles from accident scenes and make repairs.
According to the affidavit filed in support of the criminal complaint, the general pattern of the extortion scheme allegedly consisted of the following: from January 2009 to the present, the BPD Officers were either dispatched by the police department to the scene of an accident, or otherwise showed up at the scene. Shortly after arriving at the accident scene, the BPD Officer would call Moreno, or use the vehicle owner’s cell phone to call Moreno, and provide Moreno with details about the accident and the damage to the vehicle.
Originally posted by apacheman
Okay, exactly how are we to tell the good cops from the criminal ones?
Originally posted by Xcathdra
reply to post by apacheman
The same way we tell a law abiding citizen from a criminal - Innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
If their is enough evidence, then nail their butts to the wall.
Take part in Government, keep an eye on your local police, and ask questions.
Originally posted by Big Trouble in Little Chi
I'm from Baltimore, and I was not surprised when I read this to say the least.
I've heard many local stories about the city cops willing to take just about anything, usually jewelry, but often drugs as well. I know this happens in every city, but Baltimore really is a cesspool.