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Proviso Probe

Thursday, September 14, 2006

PO-PO, Melrose Park police chief Vito Scavo retires [MP]

According to a Melrose Park police officer chief of police Vito Scavo announced his retirement today.

The officer did not know the effective date of the retirement.

Scavo is under investigation by the feds in connection with his private security business.

[UPDATE: Sun-Times (Steve Warmbir):
The police chief of Melrose Park has retired from the force amid a federal probe of allegations he shook down businesses in town to hire his private security firm....

When asked about his retirement, Scavo said Thursday he would have no time to talk about it.

[I heard he said, "Nobody wants me here."]

[UPDATE2: Chicago Tribune (Sara Olkon):
When Melrose Park streets and sanitation worker Mario Dal Cerro was charged with obstructing justice, Scavo's name surfaced in an affidavit in which Dal Cerro was alleged to have urged a restaurant owner to lie to authorities about payments he made for work done by Scavo's business. Dal Cerro also suggested to the owner that he not tell federal officials that Dal Cerro was giving Scavo part of the payment, according to the FBI affidavit, unsealed in June.

Dal Cerro's case is scheduled for a status conference Sept. 22, said Randall Samborn, a spokesman for U.S. Atty. Patrick Fitzgerald.

[Will the length of Dal Cerro's sentence reveal to what extent he's being useful to the feds?]

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