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A former Detroit police officer was sentenced Wednesday to two years in prison for taking a bribe from the owner of an auto collision shop.

Anthony Careathers, 52, had pleaded guilty to one count of extortion for his part in a broader corruption scandal that emerged late last year. He was sentences in U.S. District Court by Judge Robert Cleland.

According to authorities, Careathers pocketed $1,500 in exchange for referring stolen and abandoned vehicles recovered in Detroit to a particular shop.

Careathers is the first person to have been sentenced as a result of the investigation and the fifth to plead guilty.

The others awaiting sentencing or a trial are:

  • James Robertson, age 45, pleaded guilty to two counts of extortion.
  • Jamil Martin, 46, pleaded guilty to one count of extortion.
  • Martin Tutt, 29, pleaded guilty to two counts of extortion.
  • Charles Wills, 52, pleaded guilty to two counts of extortion.
  • Deonne Dotson, 45, is awaiting trial.

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

“The vast majority of Detroit Police Officers are courageous, dedicated public servants, but unfortunately these defendants are an exception to that rule,” U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider said in a statement.

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