ST. LOUIS (AP) -- A former St. Louis detective has pleaded guilty to federal charges for taking bribes as part of a scandal involving towed vehicles.
Kevin Shade pleaded guilty to mail fraud Monday in U.S. District Court. Sentencing is Oct. 29. He resigned from the police department in June.
Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Reap says that Shade passed vehicles for inspection despite obvious flaws. In exchange, Reap says the detective received cash payments from an employee of S&H Parking Systems.
S&H and its affiliated companies had a contract with police to tow vehicles, and had the right to obtain titles and sell unclaimed vehicles.
Shade's approval meant that S&H would get normal titles for towed vehicles, rather than salvage titles, making those vehicles potentially more valuable.
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