Fourth City Officer Pleads Guilty in Towing Kickback Scandal

… Admits taking kickbacks from auto repair company …

By Tricia Bishop, The Baltimore Sun

9:35 PM EDT, July 5, 2011

A fourth Baltimore police officer pleaded guilty Tuesday to taking kickbacks from the owners of Majestic Auto Repair as part of a lengthy extortion scheme that’s ensnared more than a dozen officers.

Luis Nunez, 33, admitted in federal court documents to accepting $3,200 over a 15-month period from brothers Hernan Moreno and Edwin Mejia in exchange for steering motorists involved in accidents to the Rosedale business, instead of a city approved towing company.

He’s one of 17 officers criminally charged for taking money from Majestic in a scheme that had gone on for several years and was uncovered in February. He faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and is scheduled for sentencing Oct. 21.

Moreno and Mejia are scheduled to be arraigned July 11 in Baltimore’s U.S. District Court on a criminal information recently filed against them, signaling that they too are planning to plead guilty, according to attorneys unaffiliated with the case.

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