Chicago cop guilty of tow truck extortion
May 11, 2013 12:11AM
Updated: June 13, 2013 7:14PM
A federal court jury on Friday convicted a Chicago police officer of taking extortion payments from tow truck drivers for steering vehicle tows from accident scenes.
Deavalin Page, 46, a 19-year officer, was arrested in October and charged with attempted extortion for accepting two payments totaling $3,200 from a tow truck driver who was cooperating with the FBI.
Page is the eighth police officer to be convicted along with four civilians — three of them tow truck drivers — and charges are pending against two more officers in the federal investigation, according to the U.S. attorney’s office in Chicago. Page remains free on bail pending sentencing, which is scheduled for Oct. 23.
Page was assigned to the South Chicago Police District at the time of the crimes from 2007 through ’08. He was relieved of his police powers following his arrest, federal prosecutors said.
The government presented video recordings and other evidence of the payments during Page’s trial that began Monday.
Evidence showed that Page took the money in November 2007 and January 2008 from the tow truck driver, Brian Chandler, in exchange for steering tows to Chandler, according to prosecutors.
Chandler has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and bank larceny and is awaiting sentencing.