Coverage of city police towing, kickback scheme
Majestic Body Shop at 7404 Philadelphia Road, owned by brothers Hernan Alexis Moreno Mejia and Edwin Javier Mejia. (Baltimore Sun photo by Kim Hairston / February 24, 2011)
Archived stories and video on the corruption investigation in which Baltimore police are charged with steering motorists with broken vehicles to a garage in Rosedale in exchange for kickbacks.
3:35 PM EDT, March 19, 2012
A second Baltimore police officer was sentenced to federal prison Monday for participating in an extortion scheme that led to the criminal conviction of 16 city officials and the suspension of 14 others.
7:09 PM EDT, March 13, 2012
Officer David Reeping was sentenced Tuesday to eight months in federal prison for his role in a kickback scheme that ensnared more than 60 officers over two years, according to trial testimony, and led to 16 criminal convictions within the Baltimore Police Department, along with numerous suspensions.
1:12 PM EST, January 30, 2012
Two Baltimore Police officers charged in a towing kickback scandal are slated to go to trial next month, and court documents offer several previously unreleased details from the investigation.
4:54 PM EST, December 8, 2011
A 12th Baltimore police officer has pleaded guilty to being involved with a towing kickback scheme, prosecutors said Thursday.
7:02 PM EDT, October 25, 2011
A Harford County resident who prosecutors say was actively involved in a towing scandal involving Baltimore City police officers entered a guilty plea Monday to extortion charges in U.S. District Court in Baltimore.
4:39 PM EST, November 17, 2011
Two Baltimore police officers assigned to the Northeast District pleaded guilty this week to sending car customers to a Rosedale auto repair shop in exchange for bribes from the owners, bringing the number of officers convicted in the federal case to 11.
7:20 PM EDT, September 13, 2011
Baltimore Police Officer Jhonn S. Corona pleaded guilty Tuesday to federal charges of conspiracy and extortion for accepting kickbacks from the owners of an auto repair shop in a scheme that spread through the department.
6:01 PM EDT, July 14, 2011
As part of a federal plea deal, Baltimore police officer Eddy Arias on Thursday admitted pocketing $1,500 in kickbacks from the owners of Majestic Auto Repair as part of an extortion scheme that may have involved more than 50 city officers.
6:11 PM EDT, July 11, 2011
Two owners of Majestic Auto Repair pleaded guilty Monday in federal court to paying up to $1 million in bribes to more than 50 Baltimore police officers who allegedly steered business to the Rosedale shop and falsified crash reports.
9:35 PM EDT, July 5, 2011
A fourth Baltimore police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking kickbacks from the owners of Majestic Auto Repair as part of a lengthy extortion scheme that's ensnared more than a dozen officers.
7:24 PM EDT, July 1, 2011
Michael Lee Cross pleaded guilty Friday to taking kickbacks from a Rosedale auto repair company, making him the third Baltimore police officer to be convicted in an extortion scheme that could involve more than 50 city officers, according to new documents filed in federal court.
5:06 PM EDT, June 21, 2011
The second of 17 Baltimore police officers charged with extortion in an alleged kickback scheme involving a towing company pleaded guilty in federal court on Tuesday, according to the Maryland U.S. attorney's office.
9:26 PM EDT, April 4, 2011
Federal agents seized documents related to insurance claims during a search earlier this year of a Rosedale auto body shop, possibly indicating that a corruption probe into a towing scheme that has ensnared 30 city police officers may now be broadened to include insurance fraud.
6:36 PM EST, March 10, 2011
A federal grand jury has indicted 10 Baltimore police officers and two repair shop workers as part of a corruption probe in which police are charged with steering motorists with broken cars to a garage in Rosedale in exchange for kickbacks.
12:02 AM EST, February 26, 2011
A federal corruption probe that has already led to more than 30 Baltimore police officers suspended or charged with receiving kickbacks in an alleged towing scheme has expanded to include at least one former officer from a state law enforcement agency.
1:07 AM EST, February 25, 2011
Police in Baltimore have had their share of problems over the years, but they've managed to avoid scenes like this one in 1994 in New York: After officers were led from their Harlem precinct in handcuffs, the city's disgusted commissioner dumped their badges in a trash can in front of camera crews at a news conference.
9:40 PM EST, February 24, 2011
The alleged extortion scheme outlined by federal prosecutors this week seemed to benefit both auto accident victims, who avoided paying towing fees and insurance deductibles, and Baltimore police officers, who got kickbacks for making referrals to a car repair shop.
3:58 PM EST, February 24, 2011
The Baltimore cops called themselves the "untouchables group" and talked in thinly veiled code, referring to alleged payoffs as "coffee," according to a criminal complaint filed by the FBI. They complained about being broke and demanded expedited payments. They made disparaging remarks about the people they were supposed to protect.
10:30 PM EST, February 24, 2011
To compensate for the arrest or suspension of more than two dozen officers in an alleged towing company scam, Baltimore Police will pull uniformed officers away from an initiative that contributed to a profound reduction in violent crime in the Southeastern District.
11:02 PM EST, February 23, 2011
Seventeen Baltimore police officers were charged Wednesday — and more than a dozen others suspended — in an extortion scheme in which officers are accused of receiving thousands of dollars in kickbacks for steering accident victims to a towing company that was not authorized to do business with the city.
8:43 PM EST, February 23, 2011
The newspaper headline read: "Tow-truck operators … make pay-offs to officers who arrange business from crash victims."
11:15 PM EST, February 23, 2011
Paula Protani was posting signs in a parking lot on a hot day in August 2009 when she spotted a police officer arranging for a crashed car to be hauled away by a Majestic tow truck.
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