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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 20, 2011
Federal prosecutors have filed another indictment against two Baltimore police officers accused of taking kickbacks from the owners of the Majestic Auto Repair shop in Rosedale. Samuel Ocasio and Kelvin Quade Manrich have each been charged in a "superseding indictment," filed late Wednesday, with conspiracy to commit extortion and three counts of extortion for allegedly accepting payments for steering car customers to Majestic. Seventeen other officers and two Majestic owners have been charged in the scheme, and most have taken plea deals or arranged to take them.
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By Ian Duncan, The Baltimore Sun | November 6, 2013
A Baltimore police officer pleaded guilty to identity theft and extortion Wednesday after being caught in an elaborate FBI sting that involved an informant posing as a crooked tax preparer and heroin dealer. Over the course of this spring, Ashley Roane, 26, worked with the informant to try to file false tax returns using information she lifted from police databases, and agreed to protect the informant's supposed drug-dealing business. Roane, who held a wad of tissue and dabbed her eyes as the plea hearing began, faces between five years and a little over nine years in jail when she is sentenced in February.
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By Tricia Bishop | July 30, 2012
A 46-year-old woman who worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons was indicted on charges she demanded freebies and perquisites - including meals and spa services - from moving companies in exchange for bureau business, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday. Susan A. Pratt of Crofton was a supervisor in the “relocation services” section of the BOP, which handled moves for transferred prison employees, according to a six-count indictment returned against her returned last week.
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October 17, 2013
Michael Ernest is correct when he says in his letter ("Democrats are to blame for the government shutdown," Oct. 15), that "It is a fact that House members have the right to make such spending decisions. " Similarly, the president of the United States and the U.S. Senate have a right to veto or vote against such spending decisions. They also have a right to veto or vote against every single spending bill brought by the House unless the House votes in specified ways. Just like the House has a right to prevent any bill to come up for a vote that does not contain a repeal of Obamacare.
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October 17, 2013
Michael Ernest is correct when he says in his letter ("Democrats are to blame for the government shutdown," Oct. 15), that "It is a fact that House members have the right to make such spending decisions. " Similarly, the president of the United States and the U.S. Senate have a right to veto or vote against such spending decisions. They also have a right to veto or vote against every single spending bill brought by the House unless the House votes in specified ways. Just like the House has a right to prevent any bill to come up for a vote that does not contain a repeal of Obamacare.
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June 2, 1991
In 1984, Robert McCormick, a West Virginia legislator runnin for re-election, told the lobbyist for a group of foreign doctors seeking a change in licensing laws that he had "heard nothing from" them, and reminded the lobbyist that he had helped them in the past and had planned to do so in the future. They got the message and he got a contribution.He was charged with extortion and convicted. Last month, the Supreme Court threw out the conviction. Justice Byron White said, "Serving constituents and supporting legislation that will benefit the district and individuals and groups therein is the everyday business of a legislator.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 18, 2011
Federal prosecutors have filed new charges against two more Baltimore police officers, who were earlier charged in a widespread extortion scheme involving kickbacks from an auto repair shop. Osvaldo Valentine and Jerry Edward Diggs Jr. were each charged with conspiracy and extortion connected to the case via separate criminal informations filed last month and are scheduled to appear in Baltimore's U.S. District Court on the claims next week. They were previously charged with conspiracy in documents filed this winter against them and 15 other officers, along with two owners of Majestic Auto Repair Shop in Rosedale, which was accused of paying police for business referrals.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | October 28, 2011
Two Baltimore officers accused of taking kickbacks from the owners of the Majestic Auto Repair shop in Rosedale have pleaded "not guilty" to additional charges filed against them last week. Samuel Ocasio and Kelvin Quade Manrich were charged with conspiracy to commit extortion and three counts of actual extortion for allegedly accepting payments for steering car customers to Majestic. They denied the charges Friday, according to the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office. Seventeen other officers and two Majestic owners have been charged in the scheme . Most have taken plea deals or have arranged to take them.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | November 17, 2011
Two Baltimore police officers assigned to the Northeast District pleaded guilty this week to sending car customers to a Rosedale auto repair shop in exchange for bribes from the owners, bringing the number of officers convicted in the federal case to 11. Leonel Rodriguez, 31, was convicted of conspiracy and extortion during a U.S. District Court hearing Thursday, the Maryland U.S. attorney's office announced, and Rodney Cintron, 32, pleaded guilty...
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By Michael James and Michael James,Sun Staff Writer | March 12, 1994
Because of a poorly filmed videotape of a sting operation, Baltimore prosecutors have dropped charges against a city police officer arrested last year for allegedly extorting protection money from a drug dealer.Officer Alan S. Johnson Jr., 28, who had been charged with felony extortion and suspended without pay after his Sept. 8 arrest, is back on the payroll and assigned to desk duty, police said.In a Feb. 22 memo signed by Deputy Commissioner Michael C. Zotos, the officer was ordered to be restored to duty.
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October 8, 2013
House Speaker John Boehner insists all that's needed to reopen the U.S. government and raise the debt ceiling (to prevent default and disaster) is for the majority party to sit down and negotiate with him. Let's be clear: negotiation is a necessary democratic activity to produce agreement; extortion is a dangerous activity designed to get something by threat. Mr. Boehner believes it's OK to use extortion - the threat to do great harm to the American people and the economy - to force others to succumb to his demands, while insisting the majority limit itself to good faith negotiation.
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By Tricia Bishop | July 30, 2012
A 46-year-old woman who worked for the Federal Bureau of Prisons was indicted on charges she demanded freebies and perquisites - including meals and spa services - from moving companies in exchange for bureau business, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced Monday. Susan A. Pratt of Crofton was a supervisor in the “relocation services” section of the BOP, which handled moves for transferred prison employees, according to a six-count indictment returned against her returned last week.
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May 22, 2012
Harford County sheriff's deputies and Maryland State Police report: Aberdeen Frank Earl Jackson, 48, of the 600 block of South Stepney Road, was arrested on a bench warrant Thursday in a case in which he was charged with trespassing. Christopher John Gillich, 41, of the 1900 block of Park Beach Drive, was charged Sunday with indecent exposure. Robert Leroy Burkey, 29, of the first block of Lewis Drive, was charged Monday with violating a protective order.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | April 19, 2012
Osvaldo Valentine, a 40-year-old Baltimore police officer, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison Thursday for taking kickbacks from an auto repair company, the Maryland U.S. Attorney's Office announced. Sixteen Baltimore officers were convicted in the scheme, which involved referring car crash customers to Majestic Auto Repair in Rosedale in exchange for cash payments, falsifying police reports and increasing damage to vehicles to boost the insurance payouts. Valentine is the ninth officer sentenced to federal prison thus far. His term is on the high end of the range, which spans eight to 30 months.
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March 27, 2012
The Sun was incredibly forgiving in its recent editorial about Baltimore's scandalous water billing system ("Tax sale timeout," March 25), particularly since The Sun's own reporting has convincingly shown the Department of Public Works' incompetence and mendacity, its manipulation of citizens, and its outright fraudulent and systematic overbilling. People have even had their homes confiscated because of this system of incompetence and extortion, yet the mayor has had the audacity to assert that nothing can be done about this because to do so might damage the city's bond ratings.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2012
The last of 17 Baltimore police officers charged in a kickback scheme pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy and extortion in federal court, bringing the prosecution phase of the case to a close. Over a five-month period, Jaime Luis Lugo Rivera, 36, steered car crash victims to Majestic Auto Repair in Rosedale in exchange for cash payments worth at least $6,000, falsified police reports, persuaded at least one vehicle owner to submit a false insurance claim and supported efforts by the body shop owners to increase damage for bigger insurance payouts, according to his plea agreement.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2012
The last of 17 Baltimore police officers charged in a kickback scheme pleaded guilty Thursday to conspiracy and extortion in federal court, bringing the prosecution phase of the case to a close. Over a five-month period, Jaime Luis Lugo Rivera, 36, steered car crash victims to Majestic Auto Repair in Rosedale in exchange for cash payments worth at least $6,000, falsified police reports, persuaded at least one vehicle owner to submit a false insurance claim and supported efforts by the body shop owners to increase damage for bigger insurance payouts, according to his plea agreement.
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By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun | March 19, 2012
A second Baltimore police officer was sentenced to federal prison Monday for participating in an extortion scheme that led to the criminal conviction of 16 city officials and the suspension of 14 others. Jerry Diggs Jr., 25, was sentenced to 30 months and ordered to pay restitution of $13,105 for illegally referring car owners to Majestic Auto Repair for towing services and repairs after crashes in exchange for cash. He pleaded guilty to conspiracy and extortion in October in Baltimore's U.S. District Court.
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By Steve Kilar, The Baltimore Sun | December 8, 2011
A 12th Baltimore police officer has pleaded guilty to being involved with a towing kickback scheme, prosecutors said Thursday. Rafael Concepcion Feliciano Jr., a 31-year-old officer from Baltimore, pleaded guilty to extortion and conspiracy in a U.S. District Court hearing Thursday, according to a statement from the Maryland U.S. attorney's office. Feliciano was among a group of officers who took money from brothers Hernan Alexis Moreno, 30, of Rosedale, and Edwin Javier Mejia, 27, of Middle River, in exchange for referring cars at accident scenes to Majestic Auto Repair, the siblings' Rosedale auto shop.
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