February 23rd, 2011
05:49 PM ET

Baltimore police officers arrested in repair shop extortion scheme

Seventeen Baltimore police officers are accused of receiving $300 for each vehicle they steered to a repair shop not authorized to tow vehicles from accident scenes, authorities said Wednesday.

The shop's two owners, also charged, allegedly paid officers to arrange for their company, rather than a city-authorized firm, to tow damaged vehicles to their shop, according to the U.S. attorney's office in Baltimore.

"The criminal complaint alleges that the officers were secretly working for a private auto repair business when they were supposed to be working for the police department and the citizens of Baltimore," said U.S. Attorney Rod J.
Rosenstein in a statement. "Police officers cross a bright line when they take payments from private citizens in connection with their official duties."

The defendants are charged with conspiracy to commit extortion, which carries a maximum sentence of 20 years.

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  1. raven

    Hey Banasy,and Philip,nice to see you!! Anyway, I got pulled over at like 2a.m. and the cop said he had seen my guy drivin earlier in the evening. We were in a lil dinky town so he prolly DID see him but that shouldna mattered. I dont hate all cops but i sure dont trust em. Seems like because they have a lil pieca metal pinned to thier chest theyre more credible to judges and it doesnt matter what the TRUTH is.

    February 24, 2011 at 4:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Radiohead

    Who enforces the karma police, or the karma chameleons? Last time I noticed those doling out the bad karma didn't have to answer to anyone. This should be fixed immediately. I say there should be an internal affairs investigation into the crooked karma cops and their reptile leader the karma chameleon. I've got my eye on you. 😉 For those wondering: yes cops and judges frequently let themselves off the hook for driving offenses. A magistrate in Warren Mi got preferential treatment from the cops on scene for a dui, but because the investigation happened after a point where they could test his BAC, he was let off. It happens. Some hillbilly cop got a beejer from an adult film actress in order to be let go for an offense. The dumb hick cop forgot the forward facing camera on his vehicle though and was let go. Some cops don't deserve the badge, while some are underpaid for the stuff they put up with.

    February 24, 2011 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Field reporter / correspondent (the real one

    News flash.com This just in ; banasy and I will be married and spending our honeymoon appearing at a Circus Side Show all across the country this spring Check your area for local listings….. Barnum & Bailys Ringling Bros. Circus & Circus Side-Freak Show….

    February 24, 2011 at 5:17 pm | Report abuse |
  4. leeintulsa

    Mmmm ham. Imagine my surprise, after all this time finding out i'm a her..

    February 24, 2011 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Philip

    @Field Reporter/blah blah blah...that's it? Your creative mind has what? Expired? Is that all you got? Amazing. (sigh)

    February 24, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Cyber Bullys INC.

    @philip Eat s**t ! Its good for you !!.....

    February 24, 2011 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Cyber Bullys INC.

    @philip – and quit posting under my name u F%%KING Lame Maggot !...

    February 24, 2011 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Field reporter/ correspondent (the real one)

    News flash.com This just in ; philip will also be appearing with banasy at the Circus side show all across the country this spring Check listings for details Barnum & Bailys Ringling Bros. Circus ...... He will be showing at the "Shrunken headed human" exibit – he has the body of a man with a head the size of a baby........

    February 24, 2011 at 9:10 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Field reporter/ correspondent (the real one

    News flash.com This just in ; philip will also be appearing with Cyber Bullys INC, while banasy and I are on our honeymoon at the Circus side show all across the country this spring Check listings for details Barnum & Bailys Ringling Bros. Circus …… He will be showing at the “Shrunken headed human” exibit – he has the body of a man with a head the size of a baby…….Cyber Bullys Inc will be the one with the normal sized skull and man's body, but his other "head" is the size of a baby's other head...

    February 25, 2011 at 1:07 am | Report abuse |
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