By BBN Staff: Punta Gorda Police have arrested and charged two of their own officers for extortion.
The officers pleaded not guilty to the offense and were granted bail of $3,000 each but are still expected to face disciplinary action from the Professional Standards Branch of the police department.
The incident happened on Tuesday, when WPC Jenny Tanner, and PC Arden Jones, offered to let a Toledo school principal off of a charge for driving her vehicle without insurance in exchange for $300.
The principal, whose insurance had expired two days prior, withdrew $300 from her bank and gave it to the officers, then promptly reported it to Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Clement Cacho. Cacho recovered the money and the officers were charged.
The incident is Tanner’s second offense for extortion. The first incident occurred in 2012 when she extorted a Canadian tourist for $100 and two margaritas to be freed of a charge of driving without a license.
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