As many as 17 Baltimore police officers are facing federal charges for extortion, reports The Baltimore Sun. So far, two of the officers have pleaded guilty and they may each be sentenced to up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. The officers were allegedly involved in a kick-back scheme with a local towing company.
According to federal prosecutors, the officers allegedly directed motorists who had been involved in an accident or whose vehicle had broken down, to use a particular towing company. Officers told the motorists that the company would waive towing fees, aid in filing insurance claims, and save the person money. Many drivers trusted the officers and used the towing company—not knowing that the company was not one of the city’s approved “medallion” companies. For each referral, the towing company allegedly paid the officers $300. The most recent officer to plead guilty in the case admitted to receiving $1,500 in kick-backs from the company.
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