A federal grand jury indicted two Metropolitan Police Department officers Friday for allegedly taking $10,000 in protection money from Calvert Woodley Wines & Spirits after it was robbed.
The federal charges of receipt of illegal gratuities and illegal supplementation of salary carry 24- to 30-month prison terms, according to a statement from U.S. Attorney Ronald C. Machen Jr.
Malcolm Rhinehart, 50, and Abraham Evans, 31, were indicted in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and accused of accepting $25 per day to provide protection to the Van Ness liquor store after it was robbed in November 2006.
Nathaniel Anderson, 41, pleaded guilty to the supplementation charge in November 2010 and is awaiting sentencing, the statement said. A fourth, unnamed, officer agreed to the protection when others were unavailable and only did so when off-duty and out of uniform.