A former Florida Highway Patrol trooper could get prison time after pleading guilty to an extortion charge for accepting bribes for selling confidential accident reports.
The ex-trooper, Kirk Chambers, pleaded guilty last week to an extortion conspiracy charge under color of law, which carries up to 20 years in prison. Prosecutors say Chambers accepted bribes from tow truck drivers for information about car crashes and stranded drivers.
In addition, Chambers acknowledged he obtained personal information from about 100 accident victims and provided 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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