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U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of Pennsylvania

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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Former Philadelphia Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Extortion

 

PHILADELPHIA - Thomas Vitanovitz, 32, of Philadelphia, PA, plead guilty today to extortion of an alleged drug dealer while working as a Philadelphia Police Officer, announced United States Attorney Zane David Memeger.

 

Vitanovotz while employed as a Philadelphia Police Officer assigned to the 24th District, seized 50 pills that Vitanovitz believed to be a controlled substance from an individual identified in the indictment as Person 1, under the color of official right.

 

Vitanovitz faces a statutory maximum sentence of 20 years in prison, a possible fine, supervised release, and a $100 special assessment.   The case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Philadelphia Police

Department and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Arlene Fisk.

 

 

Topic: 
Public Corruption
Updated July 13, 2016