PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A jury returned a verdict in the trial of former Philadelphia Police Inspector Daniel Castro, who earlier this week had an emotional break-down on the stand and admitted to taking part in a series of strong armed extortion attempts.
The jury found Castro “guilty” of one count of making false statements to the FBI who was investigating the alleged corruption. He was found “not guilty” of one count of extortion. The jury was hung on eight other counts, including other counts of false statements, extortion and bribery.
According to a grand jury indictment, Carlos Daniel Castro, 47, a commander from the traffic division and former police inspector, is accused of hiring a “collector” to use threats of violence and violence to collect $150,000 that he allegedly was owed from a debtor following a unsuccessful real estate investment. He was also charged with lying to the FBI during the investigation.
Castro initially pled not guilty and the defense claimed he was entrapped.
Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio