Former Chicago Police Officer Gets 1 Year In Tow Truck ScamFormer Chicago police officer Francis Zoller was sentenced to a year in prison Wednesday, after pleading guilty to fraud and extortion last year. He was charged with participating in an insurance fraud scheme involving a staged accident, in which he accepted a $2,000 bribe from a tow truck driver who was cooperating with the FBI.
Feds Accuse Alleged Extortionist Of Threatening WitnessFederal authorities want to lock up a defendant they say is an Outfit connected extortionist who just this week leveled a threat against a witness in the case against him.
Kesha, Producer Dr. Luke Trade Lawsuits Over Abuse ClaimsKesha and her mentor and producer filed dueling lawsuits Tuesday over the pop singer’s claims she was subjected to nearly a decade of sexual and emotional abuse.
Former Lyons Cop Gets 5 Years For ExtortionA former Lyons police officer has been sentenced to 5 years in prison, for using his badge to steal contraband cigarettes from dealers he was arresting.
Feds: Credit Card Fraud Boss Threatened Rival Would Be 'Cut Into Pieces'The alleged Chicago boss of an international credit card fraud racket has ties to organized crime in Bulgaria, kidnapped a man in Chicago and robbed him of $800,000, ordered a beating and warned a rival would be “cut into pieces,” feds say.
Feds: Ex-Cop Planned Murder With Meat Cleaver, Ambien, Torture ChamberFormer 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.
Trial Begins For Ex-Cop In Twisted Torture-Murder PlotFormer 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
Extortionists Target Family Of Area Man Who Disappeared In Costa RicaDavid Gimelfarb of Highland Park, 28, vanished in 2009, but his family won't give up hope.
DEA Warns Of Scammers Posing As Special AgentsThe Drug Enforcement Administration has issued a warning about criminals posing as DEA special agents, as part of an international extortion scheme.
2 Investigators: Cop Convicted For Extorting Tow Truck DriversA 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.
Two Ex-Cops -- One A Former Death Row Inmate -- Charged In Extortion, Murder PlotTwo 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.
Chicago Actor Allegedly Tried To Extort Executives, Including Movie MogulAn 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.
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.
Power Broker Cellini Guilty On 2 CountsIllinois 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.
Powerbroker Cellini On Trial For Alleged ShakedownA 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.