WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Officers Charged With Taking Financial Cut From Auto Shop

Play associated audio
Police officers face charges of conspiracy and extortion in Baltimore.
http://www.flickr.com/photos/troyholden/4668223010/
Police officers face charges of conspiracy and extortion in Baltimore.

Imagine you get into a car accident. You call the police to file a report. And then, an officer shows up on the scene, calls an auto repair shop of his choosing, and has your car towed there. Also, imagine that the officer gets a cut of the money from the auto shop.

U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein says that's just what a joint investigation by the Baltimore Police Department and the FBI found.

"Today 17 Baltimore police officers were charged for conspiring with two owners of an auto body repair business in an alleged extortion scheme," he says. "A government employee cannot accept payment in return for using the authority of his or her office."

The Associated Press reported Thursday that 31 officers in total have been suspended.

According to the affidavit, this arrangement between police officers and the Majestic Auto Repair Shop in Rosedale, Md., dates back to 2009.

Fifteen of the officers have been arrested. Two of them have yet to be found.

"The Police Department did their job, they routed out corruption within their own ranks, and they should be very proud of that effort," says Baltimore Police Commissioner Frederick Bealefeld III.

Each police officer faces a maximum sentence of up to 20 years in prison, if convicted.

WAMU 88.5

Barry Meier: "Missing Man"

Nine years ago, former FBI agent Robert Levinson disappeared in Iran while on a mission for the CIA. The story of his secret journey to Iran, the CIA cover-up that followed and efforts to rescue the longest-held U.S. hostage.

NPR

5,000-Year-Old Chinese Beer Recipe Revealed

Researchers discovered ancient "beer-making tool kits" in underground rooms built between 3400 and 2900 B.C. Analyses of funnels, pots and jugs show the brewers were using pretty advanced techniques.
WAMU 88.5

The Fight for D.C.'s Budget Freedom

Last week, a House committee with oversight of the District passed legislation that would block the ability of the Council to spend its own tax dollars.

WAMU 88.5

The U.S. Expands Ties To Vietnam

President Obama lifts the embargo against U.S. arms sales to Vietnam: Please join us to talk about what closer ties between the U.S. and Vietnam mean for trade, leverage on human rights and growing concerns over China's military expansion.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.