Three Memphis Police Officers Charged in Federal Complaint
Officers Charged with Conspiracy, Bribery and Extortion
Memphis, TN - Timothy Green, 45, Christopher Crawford, 35, and Michael Young, 36, all being employed as officers of the Memphis Police Department have been charged in a Federal Complaint with Conspiracy to Commit Bribery and Extortion and also with Bribery, and Extortion announced Lawrence J. Laurenzi, United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee, Perrye Turner, Acting Special Agent in Charge of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Larry Godwin, Director of the Memphis Police Department, and Mark Luttrell, Sheriff of Shelby County.
The Complaint notes that Green, who was a Lieutenant with the Police Department, and Crawford and Young, who were both patrolmen, were working out of the Ridgeway Station. According to the Complaint, Green, Crawford and Young, on numerous occasions since September 2009, were working together to extort money and accept bribes from a local nightclub owners in exchange for information they would share about upcoming undercover law enforcement operations. The Complaint further alleges that each of the defendants were on duty and in uniform when they accepted many of the payments from the local nightclub owners. The three defendants, combined, allegedly received in excess of $12,000.
Violation of the Federal Conspiracy Statute carries a penalty of up to 5 years in prison. Violation of the Bribery Statute carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison. Violation of the Extortion Statute carries a penalty of up to 20 years in prison.
The case is being investigated by a task force comprised of agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and officers from the Memphis Police Department and the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant United States Attorneys Steve Parker and Brian Coleman are handling the case for the government.
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Note: Charges brought against a person through a Complaint are accusations only. That person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.