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Former Philadelphia Police Inspector Daniel Castro Gets 5-Year Prison Term

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –  A former Philadelphia police inspector was today sentenced to five years in prison for extortion-related crimes:  he was caught up in an undercover sting lying about one extortion plot and taking part in another (see previous story).

The prosecution argued that Daniel Castro, once head of the Philadelphia Police Department’s traffic division, behaved like a criminal and he should be punished like a criminal, and Judge Harvey Bartle III agreed.

“The tapes in this case make it abundantly clear not only that the defendant knew force might be used, but that he was quite agreeable to the use of force and violence to help an acquaintance, William Wong, collect a debt,” Judge Bartle said during his sentencing ruling in federal court in Philadelphia.

But Castro, who pleaded guilty to one of the counts, still maintains that he’s no criminal.   He contends that he was set up by a lying friend and indicates he will appeal.

“I’m gonna have to use the criminal justice system to fight the decision that was made,” Castro told KYW Newsradio after his sentencing today.  “I don’t agree with it.”

In exchange for the guilty plea, the government had dismissed seven other open counts against Castro, including an honest services fraud count, which Castro’s defense attorney said would permit Castro to keep his considerable police pension.


Reported by Tony Hanson, KYW Newsradio 1060

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  • Kt Ferrera

    Crybaby mofo! ‘I’ve lost my job, [whah], I’ve hurt my family [whah] … I’ve suffered enough and don’t deserve jail time… [whah] I’m a good man who was mislead … [whah] YOU AND EVERY OTHER CRIMINAL … Shut the ef up and take it like a man… Very pleased the judge maxed out his time. Couldn’t happen to a more upstanding guy, IMHO … b-bye!

  • Philly

    Total BS he should loose his pension ! He’s a criminal

  • Feudi Pandola

    I don’t understand why the taxpayers have to pay a convicted felon a pension worth $2.2 Million dollars. This guy Castro now gets early retirement, four meals a day, and $73,333 a year in pension! This is why people have no respect for the law and why our economy has tanked.

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