BALTIMORE (AP) — Prosecutors say a Baltimore city police officer has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for his role in a towing company extortion scheme.

A statement from the Maryland U.S. Attorney’s Office says Johnn Corona, of Rosedale, Md., was sentenced Tuesday and ordered to pay nearly $21,000 in restitution.

Court documents say Corona, 33, was one of the officers paid by the owners of Majestic Auto Repair Shop in Baltimore County.

Prosecutors say Corona and other officers would direct vehicles at accident scenes to Majestic for towing and repairs, even though Majestic wasn’t an authorized tow company for the city of Baltimore.

In return, prosecutors say the officers were paid for each vehicle brought to the shop.

Corona is the seventh officer to be sentenced in connection with the scheme.

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  1. Reblogged this on Towtaltruth and commented:
    Most municipalities have ordinances in place or contracts with local towing companies who must maintain certain standards such as insurance, certified operators and the proper equipment that ensures the work is done quickly and safely. Unfortunately there always ways of getting around the rules and who better to do it than someone who knows the rules. It’s true that police officer’s may not be very well compensated for the work they do and the risks they take but these guys obviously don’t deserve to be cops. What about the people that they are suppose to be protecting? They are the ones who are actually paying those bribes in the increased fees that the favored towing company must charge in order to kick back money to the cops. Disgusting.

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