Joseph Grillo, 46, pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal court to one count of mail fraud for helping the other officer pull off an insurance scam.And yes, mail fraud is a felony, even if he is only expected to face about 6 months in prison as a result.
Grillo, a 14-year veteran who worked burglaries in the Grand Central District, was arrested last year as part of an FBI probe into police officers pocketing bribes to steer work to tow truck drivers at accident scenes.
Grillo admitted he arranged to make it appear that Officer Steve Campbell's personal car had been stolen in 2007 so Campbell could fraudulently collect on his auto insurance. After a series of calls from Grillo that were captured on a wiretap, James "Meatball" Athans, who operated Collision Towing, had his son tow Campbell's car.
Cops extorting towing companies. Cops defrauding insurance companies. Cops writing bogus parking tickets. And that isn't even the bad stuff that the Chicago PD gets up to.