Towing company manager pleads guilty -

Towing company manager pleads guilty

ST. LOUIS (AP) -- The operations manager for St. Louis Metropolitan Towing has become the fourth person to plead guilty to federal charges related to a towing scandal.

Gregory Shepard pleaded guilty on Friday to mail fraud and bribery. Sentencing will be Dec. 10.

In 2008, police said some officers and the daughter of then-chief Joe Mokwa were allowed to use impounded cars for free. A St. Louis Post-Dispatch investigation revealed that some Metropolitan Towing employees improperly towed and sold vehicles and failed to pay at least $700,000 in towing revenue owed to the police department.

The owners of Metropolitan Towing and other companies, William and Kenneth Bialczak, pleaded guilty Thursday to tax evasion. And last year, former police detective Kevin Shade pleaded guilty to mail fraud as part of the scandal.

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