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Detroit police officer convicted of extortion for accepting bribes from collision shops

Deonne Dotson convicted of 6 charges

DETROIT – A Detroit police officer who allegedly took bribes from collision shops was convicted of six extortion charges Thursday.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Deonne Dotson accepted bribes from collision shops in exchange for referring stolen and recovered vehicles to the shops. Dotson is also accused of creating fake police reports in exchange for money from the shop owners.

Vehicle owners did not know Dotson was receiving money from the shops when he would refer them for repairs.

Five other officers -- Charles Wills, James Robertson, Jamil Martin, Martin Tutt and Anthony Careathers -- pleaded guilty to similar crimes.

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