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

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.



Public Corruption
Updated July 13, 2016