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Chicago officer faces attempted extortion charge

Published: Tuesday, June 25, 2013 7:33 a.m.CDT

CHICAGO — A federal complaint says a cash-strapped Chicago police sergeant would stop by a West Side liquor store daily and helped himself to chips and soft drinks without paying.

The complaint released Monday alleges 49-year-old Ray Ramirez would also ask for money from store employees without paying it all back, and offered to search license plate information for cash.

Ramirez was released after a court appearance Monday. If convicted on the one count of attempted extortion under color of official right, he faces a maximum 20-year prison term.

The complaint includes wiretaps of Ramirez allegedly telling someone not to discuss the license plate information, saying, "You gotta get amnesia ... forget about it."

The Chicago Sun-Times reports defense attorney Mike Leonard as saying the prosecution was overreach.

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