Pine Lawn mayor charged with extortion
ST. LOUIS (AP) - The mayor of a suburban St. Louis town has been indicted on federal extortion charges for allegedly demanding bribes from a local towing company in exchange for city business.
Federal prosecutors say 54-year-old Sylvester Caldwell was arrested Thursday and charged with one felony count of interference with commerce by extortion. Caldwell was released on bond and due to return to court Monday for an arraignment
Caldwell is accused of using his municipal position to extort money from an unidentified towing company. The indictment says Caldwell accepted five payments totaling $1,600 between December 2013 and April of this year, in exchange for ordering the Pine Lawn police force to use the company's services. He faces up to 20 years in prison and a maximum fine of $250,000.