5:29 PM EDT, May 11, 2012
A 10th Baltimore police officer was sentenced to federal prison Friday for taking kickbacks from an auto repair company, the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office announced.
Leonel Rodriguez, 32, of Essex, was sentenced to 30 months for extortion and conspiracy and ordered to pay restitution of more than $16,000.
Rodriguez admitted illegally referring car crash participants to Majestic Auto Repair in Rosedale in exchanges for a $300 fee from the shop owners, who’ve also pleaded guilty in the scheme. He also recruited other officers to follow suit, prosecutors said, and falsified police reports to reflect additional damage done to cars by Majestic, to boost the insurance payout.
Five other officers and the two owners of Majestic are awaiting federal sentencing in the case, which has so far ranged from eight to 30 months. One man pleaded guilty in state court and was sentenced to probation before judgment.
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