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U.S. Attorney's Office adds fourth SLMPD officer to list of defendants in conspiracy case

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Update: The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that St.Louis Metropolitan police officer Mark Taylor has been added as a defendant in the case against former officers Marlon Caldwell and Cauncenet Brown. On Jan 3, 2018, a Federal grand jury indicted Caldwell, Brown, Taylor. All defendants are charged with one count of conspiracy to commit bribery. Conspiracy carries a penalty of up to five years in prison, a fine of up to $250,000, or both. 

A former St. Louis police officer, a chiropractor and his wife all pleaded guilty Thursday in a conspiracy scheme.

The officer, Terri Owens admitted to taking bribe payments in exchange for un-police reports. The chiropractor, Mitchell Davis and wife Galina Davis, admitted to soliciting the officer and paying her in order to receive unredacted police reports containing the personal information of car accident victims.

Close to one hundred pages of plea agreements lay out this whole scheme.

For years, four police officers secretly accessed secure police department computers, all to hand over people's personal information in a sort of new-age form of ambulance chasing.

Thursday, Galina Davis took off running from cameras and her husband did not say anything as the two left federal court after pleading guilty on conspiracy charges.

The purpose of the conspiracy, according to prosecutors, was to financially benefit from more than $1.5 million in insurance payments at their chiropractic clinic on Lindell Blvd. specializing in car accidents.

“The ultimate purpose was to obtain patients and obtain insurance settlements,” said Reggie Harris, the Executive Assistant US Attorney.

Harris told News 4 that the case is also more concerning because of the involvement of now-former St. Louis police officers.

Court documents say four officers, three of which have been named so far, helped the Davis' by handing over the personal information of people who had been involved in car accidents, all in exchange for cash.

Terri Owens worked for St. Louis police up until October of this year. She pleaded guilty Thursday to accepting bribes to the tune of thousands of dollars.

“When it came to the police officer today, the problem is, she had a job to do and part of that is to maintain the public trust but she violated that,” Harris said.

Two other officers have been indicted, Cauncenet Brown and Marlon Caldwell and at least one other officer is referenced in court documents by his initials, meaning more charges may be on the way.

“That's part of our duty to make sure that the public trust is not violated and that's something we take seriously in the US Attorney’s Office,” Harris said.  

Dr. Davis did not say anything to News 4 after court. His lawyer told us they have no comment.

News 4 did receive a written statement from Dr. Davis’ lawyer, which reads in part:

“Importantly, there were no allegations that patients received anything other than high-quality care nor were there any allegations impugning the abilities of the chiropractors and other professionals at City Health, who have helped thousands of injured Missourians over the course of nearly two decades.  City Health remains ready and able to help injured victims of accidents, including those who cannot pay out of pocket.”

Prosecutors had argued that Dr. Davis specifically targeted low-income patients in the conspiracy.

A spokesperson for St. Louis police told News 4, in part, that they fully cooperated with the investigation and they will continue to be strong in their efforts to root out those whose actions compromise the integrity of the agency.

Some of the exchange of reports for cash happened in public places, like the Whole Foods parking lot in Brentwood. 

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