11th Baltimore officer sentenced in kickback scheme

May 30, 2012|By Tricia Bishop

Due to incorrect information from the Maryland U.S. attorney's office, an earlier version of this story listed the wrong figure for the amount the officer was ordered to pay in restitution to insurance companies.

An 11th Baltimore police officer was sentenced Wednesday to 42 months in federal prison for accepting illegal kickbacks from a car shop, the Maryland U.S. attorney’s office announced.

Rodney Cintron, 32, of Middle River, pleaded guilty to conspiracy and extortion in November, admitting that he referred car crash customers to Majestic Auto Repair in exchange for cash and that he falsified insurance claims to pay for repairs on his own car.

He was ordered to pay $20,000 restitution to the city police department and more than  $420,000 $20,000 to four insurance companies.

In all, 15 officers were convicted in the scheme, and 11 of them have been sentenced in U.S. District Court so far to terms ranging from eight to 42 months. A 16th officer was prosecuted in state court and received a sentence of probation before judgment, which means he won’t have a conviction on his record if he complies with certain requirements.


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