Thursday, 15 July 2021 14:33

Former Detroit Police Officer Sentenced to 80 Months in Federal Prison for Extortion


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Former Detroit Police Department Officer Deonne Dotson was sentenced July 13 to 80 months in federal prison following convictions for extortion, announced Acting U.S. Attorney Saima Mohsin.

Dotson, age 49, was convicted after an eight-day jury trial before U.S. District Judge Robert H. Cleland. The trial was conducted in November 2019, but Dotson’s sentencing was delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.


According to the evidence presented at trial, Dotson accepted bribes from owners and operators of auto collision repair shops in exchange for referring stolen and abandoned vehicles recovered in Detroit to their shops. The evidence also showed Dotson created false police reports in exchange for money from the owners and operators of the same shops. 


Owners of the vehicles were unaware Dotson was being paid by the shops when they agreed to have their cars fixed by those shops.   
Five other Detroit police officers pleaded guilty and served time in federal prison for committing similar criminal activity while they were officers with the Detroit Police Department. All six officers were actively employed with the Detroit Police Department at the time of the offenses.


The other five officers were Charles Wills, James Robertson, Jamil Martin, Martin Tutt and Anthony Careathers.


All of the officers were charged with engaging in extortion for using their official positions to refer cars to certain collision repair shops in exchange for cash payments.  
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