A federal grand jury in Baltimore has indicted 10 city police officers accused of taking kickbacks for diverting drivers at accident scenes to an unauthorized towing company and repair shop.
Hernan Alexis Moreno Mejia and Edwin Javier Mejia, brothers who operate Majestic Auto Repair Shop in Rosedale, also were indicted Wednesday.
The indictments follow charges filed against the 12 suspects and seven additional police officers in February following a joint investigation between Baltimore police and federal agents. The officers are alleged to have arranged for Majestic to tow vehicles from accident scenes even though the company had no “medallion,” or authorization, to tow for the city, according to the U.S. Attorney’s office.
Majestic paid the officers approximately $300 per referral, with one officer taking in more than $14,000 over the course of nine months, prosecutors alleged.
The indictment charges the suspects with conspiring to commit extortion.
Prosecutors say the seven other officers previously alleged to have participated in the scheme remain charged and the investigation continues into any additional coconspirators. The police department has suspended a total of 31 officers.