(CBS Detroit) — A former Hamtramck Police Department officer faces a bribery charge after he was accused of taking money and a vehicle from a tow company operator in exchange for information from the Michigan Law Enforcement Information Network ( LEIN).
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, the charge against Michael Stout, 60, of St. Clair Shores, carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine.
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Stout left the department in 2020.
He is the sixth person charged in connection with “Operation Northern Hook,” which is a government and Detroit Police Department investigation tied to the towing industry.
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Federal officials say Stout accepted a vehicle and $1,500 in cash from the operator. In return, Stout provided information from LEIN, which is a restricted law enforcement database.
Officials say that in one instance, Stout allegedly called “an unwitting employee to search LEIN so that Stout could provide vehicle registration information to the tow company operator” after the operator feared a vehicle no police follow him.
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