- Associated Press - Monday, July 20, 2015

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Authorities say a former San Francisco police officer has been convicted of two felony counts of bribery for accepting money in exchange for giving applicants to the city’s taxi licensing test passing grades.

District Attorney George Gascon said Monday former police officer Paul Makaveckas accepted bribes while he was assigned to the taxi detail where he administered and graded the police department’s taxi cab exam.

Prosecutors say the 69-year-old former officer took about $25,000 in bribes from 2007 to 2009, when the FBI was investigating the case.

Evidence shows Makaveckas accepted bribes through William Hancock, owner of Flag-A-Cab taxi school and his personal friend. Hancock would collect $100 bribes from taxi cab driver applicants and turn the money over to Makaveckas.

Gascon says the 36-year police veteran worked at the taxi detail for 20 years. He faces 5 years in state prison.

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