--This has been the longest running case I have ever seen.
It just never stops.--
Story at Chicago Tribune
1:42 PM CDT
May 10, 2013
A federal jury today convicted a veteran Chicago police officer of extorting payoffs from a tow truck driver in return for steering business to him at accident scenes.
The jury deliberated a little more than two hours before finding Deavalin Page, an officer since 1995, guilty of two counts of attempted extortion.
Page becomes the eighth Chicago police officer to be convicted in connection with the undercover FBI Operation Tow Scam probe. Four others, including three tow truck drivers, also have been convicted. Two additional police officers await trial.
U.S. District Judge John Darrah scheduled sentencing for Page, 46, for Oct. 23.
Evidence at the week-long trial at the Dirksen U.S. Courthouse showed that Page accepted two payoffs totaling $3,200 from Brian Chandler, a tow truck driver who was working undercover for the FBI as part of the sting operation. Chandler awaits sentencing for wire fraud and bank larceny.
Prosecutors said videotapes provided key evidence. Page accepted $2,000 in the bathroom of a South Side coffee shop in November 2007 and $1,200 in the parking lot of a bank in January 2008.
Prosecutors said the second payoff was in return for steering three tows to Page – including one vehicle that didn’t even need to be towed.
Page, who was assigned to the South Chicago police district at the time, has been stripped of his police powers and assigned to desk duty since early 2008.