Monthly Archives: February 2011
Towing scandals in city are nothing new

The newspaper headline read: “Tow-truck operators … make pay-offs to officers who arrange business from crash victims.” It could easily describe the criminal charges filed Wednesday against 17 Baltimore police officers in an alleged kickback scheme. But the story is from 1965. And it is nearly identical to another case from 1956. Allegations of corruption…

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,…