Story by 89 WLS Web Writer Kim Rasmussen
(CHICAGO) A Chicago police officer has been convicted of obtaining two extortion payments as part of a tow scam.
Deavalin Page, 46, of Chicago was indicted last October as part of the Federal Bureau of Investigation's "Operation Tow Scam." He was convicted Friday of steering vehicle tows at accident scenes to favored tow drivers in exchange for extortion payments.
Page received two extortion payments totalling $3,2000 from cooperating tow truck driver Brian Chandler. The first payment in Nov. 2007 was $2,000 in the bathroom of a coffee shop at 79th Street and Stoney Island. The second payment in Jan. 2008 was $1,200 in the parking lot of a bank while Page was in his private vehicle.
The latter payment, in part, was in exchange for towing three cars from an accident scene at 86th and Burnham involving a teenager who was driving her parents' insured car. At least one of the cars didn't require towing.
Chandler has pleaded guilty to wire fraud and bank larceny and is awaiting sentencing.
Page, who was assigned to the South Chicago District, has been an officer since 1995. He is facing a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on each count of attempted extortion. He remains free on bond pending sentencing, which is scheduled to take place Oct. 23.
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