- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

BOSTON (AP) - A former Lawrence police officer has been sentenced to 18 months in federal prison for his role in a city towing kickback scheme.

P.J. Lopez was also sentenced Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Boston to three years’ probation and fined $10,000, half of which must be paid within 60 days.

The 47-year-old Lopez was found guilty in October of bribery, obstruction of justice and lying to a federal agent.

Prosecutors say the 16-year department veteran and father of four purchased several vehicles at reduced rates and received a $4,000 snow plow in exchange for sending police-ordered tows to M & W Towing from December 2010 to June 2011.

The Eagle-Tribune (https://bit.ly/1gKgq6S ) reports that Lopez asked for leniency and said he was “embarrassed” by the conviction.

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Information from: Eagle Tribune (North Andover, Mass.), https://www.eagletribune.com

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