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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Details of indictment of Melrose Park PD personnel

On Thursday, July 19, 2007, at the request of the U.S. Attorney, Northern Illinois District, a grand jury empaneled in December, 2005 returned indictments against seven Village of Melrose Park employees connected to the police department. The indicted include former chief of police Vito Scavo, two deputy police chiefs Gary Montino and James Caputo and one District 89 (Maywood and Melrose Park elementary schools) board member, Lt. G. Ric Cervone. The other personnel indicted were Michael “Mickey” Caliendo, Michael Wynn and German Cepeda.

The indictments were for extortion, ghost-payrolling, mail fraud, obstruction of justice and tax evasion.
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Scavo owned one private security company (DOD Security Consultants, Inc., “a for-profit unlicensed private security contractor agency”) and recruited clients for IFPC Worldwide, Inc. (Who are the officers and agent of IFPC?) Caputo and Caliendo, a civilian supervisor of part-time officers, also operated a security company called “Police Department Security” out of the Melrose Park Police Department.

The indictment alleges that these security companies used village police officers paid by taxpayers to provide security while the clients paid the private companies. In some cases the contracts were made under threat or misrepresentation. The security companies charged above the market rate for their services. Clients felt they could not decline the services without experiencing retaliation from the chief of police of the police department.

Taxpayers were also cheated out of legitimate police services because private security work took priority over village policing duties.

Montino is alleged to have billed Cinemark for hours he didn't actually work and ordered private security personnel to wear shirts and jackets identifying them as police in violation of Illinois law.

Also, Scavo tricked Navistar into letting him use their parking lot. Navistar thought it was providing a public service to the village. Scavo was charging people to park the cars and keeping the money.

The first grand jury investigation began in Spring, 2005.

Capitol Fax Blog posted the indictment.

I'll have more on the indictment later.

CBS2-Chicago had a useful summary.
Charges in the indictment returned Thursday include:

-- Scavo, 59: 10 counts of mail or wire fraud, nine counts of filing false individual or corporate federal income tax returns, and one count each of racketeering conspiracy, extortion and obstruction of justice;
-- Montino, 51: one count of racketeering conspiracy and four counts of mail fraud;
-- Caliendo, 64: one count of racketeering conspiracy and seven counts of mail or wire fraud;
-- James Caputo, 63, former deputy police chief who resigned in 2004: four counts of mail or wire fraud;
-- Cervone, 56: two counts of mail fraud and one count of obstruction of justice;
-- Michael Wynn, 53, a part-time police officer: three counts of mail fraud; and
-- Cepeda, 40: one count of extortion.


Chicago Tribune (Sara Olkon and Joseph Sjostrom) also covered the story.

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9 Comments:

  • Thank you Benny, thanks! Now Melrose Park will be cleaner!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:47 AM, July 20, 2007  

  • The Feds thanked there sources for exposing the corruption.They stated that a local mayor spoke with them and exposed these men.
    According to there source,these men were also trying to take over his village and he decided to go to the feds to expose themPay backs a bitch!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 5:45 AM, July 20, 2007  

  • Shapiro is such a rat!!!I can't believe he is broke.My gosh,how can he be living in subsidied housing and work for a State Rep.? What's his salary???Does he get state sponsered health insurance?Does he have a state pension??Does he also get paid by Con. Davis?Does'nt he have a post in the village of Maywood??? If he is that broke,should'nt Yarbrough get him a better paid job with the state,county or in Maywood?? Does'nt Yarbrough have any clout or positions to give to her right hand man and brain behind her organization? If not , why does'nt she do it???Did'nt Shapiro run the disasterous campaign for the three school board elections in 88,89 and 209??? What if Shapiro is so broke, why does'nt he then quit Yarbrough's office and get a real job in the private sector??Is'nt he embarrassed???How if Yarbrough can't find him more money in a goverment job,can her supporters believe her when she promises jobs to them? Is that why Yarbrough wants everything Gene Moore has??
    Is Shapiro working for Yarbrough or is he working with Pasqaulli and Herrell???Or is Yarbrough really in bed with Pasqaulli and Herrell??? Is Yarbrough supporting Herrell for Township supervisor???Is that the reason the canididates from 88,lost by such big margins???Did Yarbrough double cross Wicks,Dorris and Smith?Did she also double cross the 89 and 209 tickets??? Did she,Yarbrough, double cross her canididates, because she was taking care of both Shapiro and Woll???

    These are a bunch of questions that need to be anwsered, Yarbrough needs to publically anwser for her Camapign manager anf chief of staff and so does Shapiro.The local papers need to ask for the interview,if not we must call the major papers and TV to expose these crooks!!We need anwsers and right now!!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:19 AM, July 20, 2007  

  • It is about time that there is justice in this town. I love Melrose Park and it was a shame to watch what these people like Scavo have done to my beloved town. My family owned buisnesses in Melrose and both were illeagaly shut down. Vito had a personaly vendetta against my family and he did not keep it a secret. He had be quoted as saying he would not rest until he got us out of town. We got shut down in part because we wouldnt use his officers as security. The stories I have about the injustices that him and our other fearless leader have committed against my family alone. I personally have been beaten by the people my tax dollars pay to protect me. Taken to a secluded area pulled out of the squad and beaten while hand cuffed...by a upper ranking officer. 60% of my friends are pursuing law enforcement careers and not would wants to work for Melrose Park, and it has nothing to do with the pay. I love my town but unfortunatley you cant do anything without sending a monthly envelope to the village or the Police Station. I have personaly had to deal with a couple of those people on that indictment list and they are getting what they deserve.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9:54 AM, July 20, 2007  

  • Why is Shapiro a "rat?" Why do you think he is broke? Why do you want to know his salary or where it comes from? Why do you care about his pension and/or health insurance?

    Why does he even need a job?

    Why do you want to know what his relationships are with Frank and Mary?
    Give Shapiro a call and he will be happy to share whatever that is your business to know!

    By Anonymous nebby nose, at 4:28 PM, July 20, 2007  

  • Your really stupid anonymous if you think Benny had anything to do with this.
    I can tell you right now Benny isn't that far behind....
    I think the feds will be cleaning up Stone Park real soon.......
    and THE SOAP people too !!!

    It is a real sham that the Village of Melrose Park is so full of people that only want to HURT other people.. What is wrong with you people are you all so jealous of your neighbors ?????

    And you who wrote at 9:54 am....
    That you and your family were beaten up by the people you pay your tax dollars too !!!!!
    Well then idot, maybe you should get the hell out of the town...no your still here because your story is full of S--- !!!
    You had nothing better to do today then send a BLOG !!!!
    You make me laugh,

    By Anonymous you make me laugh, at 6:19 PM, July 20, 2007  

  • It about time the FEDS open their eyes on this cronie badge infested town there has been so much injustice in this town and it is time this kind of crap ends!! Now I only hope hope this is the start of a domino effect of other surrounding towns like Stone Park, Forrest Park, and Hillside to name a few! I give a standing ovation to all involed who bring justice to the innocent residents of this town.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:47 AM, July 21, 2007  

  • Bellwood, current host of the parasite Anthony Bruno, is next.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6:50 AM, July 22, 2007  

  • Keep Digging ! Thers is alot more to investigate,and more people involved.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 3:17 PM, July 28, 2007  

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