Detroit Police Officer Convicted In Collision Shop Extortion Scheme

WWJ News
November 08, 2019 - 1:43 pm
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DETROIT (WWJ/AP) - A Detroit police officer has been found guilty in a decades-long scheme where bribes were given in exchange for sending abandoned and stolen vehicles to collision shops.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Detroit said 47-year-old Deonne Dotson was convicted Thursday by a federal jury on six charges of extortion.

Five other officers earlier pleaded guilty to committing similar crimes while employed by the Detroit Police Department.

All six men were accused of using their positions as police officers to get cash for steering cars to certain shops.

They are 45-year-old James Robertson, who pleaded guilty to two counts of extortion; 46-year-old Jamil Martin, who pleaded guilty to one count of extortion; 29-year-old Martin Tutt, who pleaded guilty to two counts of extortion; 52-year-old Charles Wills, who pleaded guilty to two counts of extortion; and 52-year-old Anthony Careathers, who pleaded guilty to one count of extortion.

"The vast majority of Detroit Police Officers are courageous, dedicated public servants, but unfortunately these defendants are an exception to that rule," U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said

Authorities said owners of the vehicles were unaware of the scheme when they agreed to have their vehicles repaired at the shops.

Dotson will be sentenced March 19, 2020. Each extortion charge carries up to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.