- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

MIAMI (AP) - A former Florida Highway Patrol trooper has been sentenced to more than four years in prison after pleading guilty to an extortion charge for accepting bribes in exchange for confidential accident reports.

A Miami federal judge imposed the sentence Thursday on ex-trooper Kirk Chambers, who pleaded guilty in May.

Prosecutors say Chambers accepted bribes from tow truck drivers for information about car crashes and stranded drivers. Chambers admitted in court to obtaining personal information from about 100 accident victims and providing them to a confidential FBI source for $5,000. The source claimed he wanted the information for a chiropractor to solicit business from victims.

Chambers was a trooper from January 2004 until his March resignation.

Two city of Miami employees and four tow truck drivers also have been convicted.

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