BALTIMORE - Federal prosecutors stated that the last of more than 50 police officers involved in a towing extortion scheme was sentenced today to more than three years behind bars .
Officer Kelvin Quade Manrich, 43, and other officers were arranging for Majestic, a car repair company, rather than a city-authorized company to tow vehicles from accident scenes and make repairs, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office.
The company was owned by brothers Hernan Moreno, 32, and Edwin Mejia, 29, who paid Manrich $300 for each vehicle sent to Majestic, say federal officials.
Manrich would persuade accident victims to allow their cars to be towed or taken to Majestic by telling victims that Majestic could tow the car, provide repair services, help with the insurance claim, assist in getting a rental car and waive the deductible on the owner's insurance, federal officials stated.
Moreno and Mejia have pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy and are scheduled to be sentenced in September.
Fourteen police officers including Manrich have pleaded guilty to extortion conspiracy, one officer pleaded guilty in state court, federal authorities stated. Another officer was convicted by a federal jury after a six day trial.
The officers received between eight and 42 months in prison.