On Jan. 31, the FBI intercepted Northeast District Officer Michael Lee Cross talking with Moreno about a hit-and-run accident involving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu that had occurred on Truesdale Avenue. "You up? I got one for you, yo," Cross said.

The FBI affidavit says Cross sent a text message to Moreno with the address. Later that morning, the FBI says Cross sent text messages to Moreno complaining about not having been paid. "Were my money," one text said.

"Relax, [expletive]," Moreno replied.

"Relax [expletive] I am broke," Cross answered.

Such exchanges were common.

Officer Henry Yambo got increasingly angry with Moreno and fired off a series of text messages that the FBI says it intercepted on Feb. 1.

"Where's my money?" texted Yambo.

"[Expletive] I have not taken out the coffee," Moreno replied.

"I need my coffee today I'm thirsty," Yambo wrote. He added in another text, "I need it today man I do this to get caffe."

Perhaps most troubling to law enforcement officials is the way some officers appear to have treated people involved in accidents, who were unaware that the seemingly helpful officers were in fact involving them in what prosecuctors say was an elaborate scheme to line their own pockets.

Authorities allege the officers steered accident victims to Majestic and instructed them to delay calling their insurance companies while promising that the repair shop would pay their deductable.

Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, while addressing reporters Wednesday, highlighted an intercepted conversation between Moreno and Officer Eddy Arias on Jan. 23.

The criminal complaint says Arias is describing to Moreno his encounter with a man at an accident. "I said to him, I would not let anything bad happen to you, I am a policeman, I am not here to [expletive] up your life," the indictment says.

"Arias added that what he really meant was, 'I am here to earn myself some $300, you son of a bitch.'"


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