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Steve Manning, now known as Steve Mandell, in 2005. (CBS File Photo)

Feds: Ex-Cop Planned Murder With Meat Cleaver, Ambien, Torture Chamber

Former Chicago cop Steve Mandell and alleged accomplice Gary Engel aimed to pose as cops to abduct Riverside businessman Steve Campbell, tie him to a wheelchair, blindfold him, mutilate his genitals, then drug him with Ambien sleep pills and kill him, federal prosecutors said.

02/12/2014

Steve Manning, now known as Steve Mandell, in 2005. (CBS File Photo)

Trial Begins For Ex-Cop In Twisted Torture-Murder Plot

Former Chicago cop Steve Mandell and the key government witness who helped set him up are due to face each other across a packed courtroom Tuesday on the first day of what’s likely to be one of the wildest federal court cases Chicago has seen in years

02/11/2014

David Gimelfarb (Credit: Family photo)

Extortionists Target Family Of Area Man Who Disappeared In Costa Rica

David Gimelfarb of Highland Park, 28, vanished in 2009, but his family won’t give up hope.

10/03/2013

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DEA Warns Of Scammers Posing As Special Agents

The Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a warning about criminals posing as DEA special agents, as part of an international extortion scheme.

07/19/2013

A tow truck in action. (CBS)

2 Investigators: Cop Convicted For Extorting Tow Truck Drivers

A Chicago Police officer who allegedly sought and received extortion payments from tow truck drivers for steering vehicle tows from accident scenes was convicted on Friday as part of the FBI’s Operation Tow Scam corruption probe.

05/10/2013

Steven Mandell, left, and Gary Engel are accused of a kidnapping-ransom-murder plot. Here the two are seen in old mugshots. (CBS)

Two Ex-Cops — One A Former Death Row Inmate — Charged In Extortion, Murder Plot

Two former police officers, one from Chicago and the other from the western suburbs, were arrested Thursday night and charged with a plot to abduct, extort, murder and dismember a person they thought had access to large amounts of cash from commercial real estate holdings.

10/26/2012

Actor Vivek Shah arrives at the premiere of After Dark Films' 'Echelon Conspiracy' held at Paramount Studios on February 25, 2009 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Chicago Actor Allegedly Tried To Extort Executives, Including Movie Mogul

An actor with ties to the Chicago area is accused of trying to extort $13 million from a West Virginia coal company executive and threatening to kill relatives if he didn’t pay up.

CBS Chicago–08/23/2012

Mark Jackson. (Photo by Garrett Ellwood/NBAE via Getty Images)

NBA Coach Target Of Extortion

Golden State Warriors coach Mark Jackson said Thursday that he and his family were the targets of an extortion attempt related to an extramarital affair he had six years ago.

670 The Score–06/28/2012

William Cellini leaves the Dirksen Federal Courthouse after he was convicted of two charges in a conspiracy to shake down a Hollywood producer for a campaign contribution to former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. (Credit: CBS)

Power Broker Cellini Guilty On 2 Counts

Illinois power broker and millionaire businessman William Cellini has been found guilty on two of four counts related to a conspiracy to squeeze the Oscar-winning producer of “Million Dollar Baby” for a campaign contribution.

CBS Chicago–11/01/2011

Springfield businessman William Cellini has been nicknamed both "The King of Clout" and "The Pope" for his significant influence in Illinois politics. (AP File Photo)

Powerbroker Cellini On Trial For Alleged Shakedown

A mega-millionaire who for decades stayed in the shadows of Illinois power even as he wielded enormous influence looked on Wednesday at his corruption trial as prosecutors shined a bright light on allegations that he used his political sway to try to shake down a Hollywood executive.

10/05/2011

Rod Blagojevich (credit: John Gress/Getty Images)

Judge Drops 3 Of 23 Counts Against Blagojevich

A federal judge dropped two racketeering charges and a wire fraud count against former Gov. Rod Blagojevich on Thursday, a day after prosecutors sought to have the charges dropped.

CBS Chicago–02/24/2011