Tuesday, April 23, 2013


Haleem, 46, an officer for 18 years, resigned last fall, a few months before he was charged in January. He had been assigned to the Chicago Lawn district when first confronted by federal authorities in 2008. He remained on desk duty, stripped of his police powers, until his resignation. Prosecutors plan to recommend a 20-month prison term for Haleem at his sentencing Oct. 18, according to his plea agreement.
The stranded motorist was in on it, as were the bickering tow truck operators. The only one who didn't know what was going on was Ali Haleem, a crooked Chicago police officer accused of regularly making extra cash by illegally steering business to bribe-paying truck drivers. As part of the FBI sting in 2008, one undercover female agent posed as a motorist stranded by a flat tire at 47th Street and Cicero Avenue. Two competing tow trucks showed up at the scene vying for the business — one with two undercover FBI agents and the other with a real tow truck driver who was secretly cooperating with the FBI and had a history with Haleem.
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