St. Louis Public Radio News
7:41 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Former St. Louis police officer pleads guilty in tow lot scandal

St. Louis, MO – A former St. Louis police detective has pleaded guilty to accepting bribes to falsify vehicle titles for a city tow lot.

Kevin Shade pleaded guilty on Monday to committing mail fraud for
S & H Parking Systems.

The fraudulent inspections allowed S & H to get regular titles -- rather than salvage titles -- for vehicles that had been damaged. Shade took kickbacks in exchange for this service.

The tow lot's manager -- and former Metropolitan Police Officer -- Gregory Shepard was indicted on similar charges on June 25th. Kevin Shade resigned from the police department later that day.

The wide-ranging FBI investigation into fraud between the police department and S & H Towing is expected to include more indictments in the future.