Prosecutors announced that a former lieutenant who was in charge of the Detroit Police Department Integrity Unit received a sentence Tuesday of two and a quarter years in prison for taking bribes as part a conspiracy involving another officer.
John F. Kennedy (57), of Rochester Hills, was employed by the Internal Affairs Division of the Department and responsible for investigating complaints of crimes as well as professional misconduct among police officers and other city employees.
Kennedy and fellow officer Daniel S. Vickers conspired to commit bribery, Ison stated. Kennedy accepted nearly $15,000 for his influence in persuading other officers to refer tows to a particular company. Kennedy entered a guilty plea under an agreement reached with prosecutors.
In the case, evidence included secretly recorded telephone conversations where referrals were directed to a company not on the rotation list of the department.
This work can be profitable: Towing companies charge storage fees while a vehicle is being stored, and they can even auction off a vehicle after a period of time.
Authorities said that Vickers, 54 years old, received more than $3400 from a towing firm in 2018. He was sentenced to two years, three months and three days in prison after pleading guilty.
Six people were charged in the investigation by the federal government.
Andre Spivey, a City Councilman from the city of Toronto, pleaded guilty to receiving $36,000 as bribes in 2021 in relation to the oversight of towing policies. Spivey resigned.