7/9/2013 2:29:00 PM Sheriff's deputy pleads guilty to extortion
CHICAGO (AP) — A Cook County sheriff’s deputy has pleaded guilty to his role in a protection racket that also involved his son, who has also pleaded guilty in the case.
The Chicago Sun-Times reports Larry Draus Sr. says he was trying to help his son when he shook down contraband cigarette traffickers. Draus Sr. pleaded guilty Monday to extortion.
Draus Sr. admitted he took $10,000 and 30 cartons of cigarettes last year from an informant working for the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In return, Draus Sr. promised to protect the informants’ warehouse of illegal, untaxed cigarettes.
Two months ago, Larry Draus Jr. pleaded guilty to his role in the protection racket. Draus Jr. paid about $217,000 for 170 cases of contraband cigarettes and accepted protection money.