Ex-San Francisco Cop Paul Makaveckas Charged With Bribery
Today retired San Francisco cop Paul Makaveckas, 65, and his alleged accomplice William Hancock, 70, were charged with orchestrating a scheme whereby they handed out passing grades on taxi permit tests in exchange for bribes.
According to data from the San Francisco Employee Retirement System, Makaveckas earns a pension of $101,650 per year.
Last June, SF Weekly's Ashley Harrel wrote about Makaveckas' 36-year SFPD career -- a tenure that seemed to sometimes tread on the wrong side of the thin blue line.
In 1991, fellow narcotics officer Alfred De La Cerda filed a $5 million lawsuit against the San Francisco Police Department, claiming that other officers tipped off drug dealers about raids, accepted payoffs for protection, and, in some cases, dealt drugs themselves. The suit stated that Makaveckas had a close relationship with Dennis Chan Lai, a "major convicted cocaine dealer," according to the San Francisco Chronicle. At Lai's drug trial, Makaveckas even appeared as a character witness, court records show.
According to the District Attorney's office, Makaveckas spent his final two years as a cop systematically shaking down aspiring cabbies:
Makaveckas pleaded not guilty to all charges, posted $160,000 bail, and was released from custody. He's scheduled to appear in court Dec. 2.
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