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Thursday, 05 May 2016 15:36

MD Police Officer Sentenced for Accepting Auto Repair “Kickbacks”

Former Baltimore, Maryland police officer, Samuel Ocasio, was found guilty of extortion on May 2.

In Supreme Court case (US 14-361), federal authorities charged Ocasio for accepting kickbacks from a Maryland auto body and repair shop. Between 2009 and 2011, the officer directed damaged vehicles from accident scenes to Majestic Auto Repair Shop (Majestic) in exchange for payment from the shop owners, according to court documents.

Testifying in the case were Majestic shop owners and brothers, Hernan Alexis Moreno Mejia and Edwin Javier Mejia. According to court reports, “In 2008, Majestic was struggling to attract customers, so Moreno and Mejia made a deal with a Baltimore police officer, Jhonn Corona.” The documents further stated that Officer Corona would send motorists who had been in accidents to Majestic for towing and repairs. The Mejia brothers would in exchange pay Corona between $150 and $300 per referral.

As many as 60 additional officers allegedly joined in on the deal with Majestic. It was in 2009 that Ocasio made a similar arrangement with Majestic, which court documents said was the source of 90 percent of Majestic’s business in 2011.

Ocasio, as well as the Mejia brothers and nine other Baltimore officers, were indicted by the District of Maryland in 2011. The Mejias and many of the other officers accepted plea bargains and pleaded guilty, while Ocasio did not. Ocasio was found guilty of one conspiracy count and three extortion counts. He attempted to appeal the District Court’s decision to the Supreme Court but was rejected. The Supreme Court has sentenced him to 18 months in prison.


For additional information, see Supreme Court case Ocasio v. U.S., 14-361.

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