The feds arrested today JAMES WODNICKI, age 48, who is a 20-year veteran of the Chicago Police Department. He has been charged in connection with a federal investigation into bribes and extortion involving the towing industry in Chicago. The officer allegedly solicited a $150 payment from a tow truck operator who, at the time, was secretly working for the FBI.
This was a five-year multi-jurisdictional investigation, “Operation Tow Scam,” into allegations that Chicago Police officers solicited bribes and extorted cash and other payments from tow truck operators around Chicago area. Criminal charges were filled against eight other people.
Officer Wodnicki has a Facebook account and among other pictures he poses next to a police car which incidentally is near by a tow truck.