Pine Lawn mayor arrested on extortion charges

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PINE LAWN, MO (KTVI)- Pine Lawn Mayor, Sylvester Caldwell, has been arrested on charges of extortion.

Caldwell, 54, was arrested as the result of an indictment where he has been charged for taking cash payments from the owner of a local towing company.

He has been charged with one felony county of interference with commerce by extortion. He was taken into custody on Thursday. After appearing in court, he was released on bond.

According to the indictment, Caldwell exercised authority over which towing companies provided services to Pine Lawn. It also alleges that between December 2013 through April 2014, Caldwell accepted cash payments from the tow company owner and directed the Pine Lawn Police Department to use that particular company.

Caldwell's arraignment is set for Monday, September 29th.

If convicted, Caldwell could face a maximum of 20 years in prison and/ or fines totaling $250,000.

This investigation was conducted by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Assistant United States Attorney Reginald Harris is currently handling this case.

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