Justices uphold extortion conspiracy conviction

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court has upheld the conspiracy conviction of a former Baltimore police officer for his role in a repair shop extortion scheme.

The court’s 5-3 decision Monday holds that Samuel Ocasio took part in a conspiracy when he received cash payments for steering people with cars damaged in accidents to a body shop.

The case probed whether Ocasio’s agreement with the body shop owners amounted to an extortion conspiracy under federal law.

Prosecutors said Ocasio was among several Baltimore officers who were paid by Majestic Auto Repair Shop in Baltimore County to send customers to their shop.