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Feds: Police Bribery Scandal Lasted 15 Years

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Feds: Police Bribery Scandal Lasted 15 Years

A tow truck driver says a Chicago cop sold him tips on auto accidents.

A long-time Chicago cop has been accused of taking bribes. The charges against him stem from a tow truck driver who says the officer helped him get a leg up on the competition.

15 years. That’s how long the unnamed tow truck driver told federal prosecutors he’s been paying off Chicago cops on the city’s Northwest side. The driver wore a wire and alleges that the officers would let him know about car accidents so he could beat other towing companies to the scene. In return he’d give the officers some of the profit; as much as $800 a week.

In a case filed yesterday, though, charges were only brought against one officer, Michael Ciancio. The investigation against Ciancio lasted 16 months and he faces three counts of extortion. Neither Ciancio nor his attorney returned calls for comment.

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