By Charles Sercombe
A Hamtramck police officer was fired today, Friday, Dec. 17, for being part of an alleged bribery scheme involving a towing operation.
Michael Pacteles, 44, was fired from the department after the FBI charged him with accepting bribes while he was in the Detroit Police Department.
The corruption probe is part of an investigation of several officers who allegedly accepted bribes from a towing company.
Pacteles resigned from the Detroit Police Department in 2020.
According to a press release issued by the Hamtramck Police Department, his alleged involvement in the scheme was unknown at the time he was hired.
The alleged criminal actions did not occur while Pacteles was a Hamtramck officer, the department said in its press release, which does not name him.
“The department cooperated with federal authorities to assist in his
apprehension which occurred without incident. While the person involved is entitled to a presumption of innocence, the City of
Hamtramck has zero tolerance when it comes to the type of allegations made in court today,” the press release said.
“These allegations in no way reflect upon the other members of the Hamtramck Police Department who work very hard under difficult circumstances to keep our residents and visitors safe.”
Posted Dec. 17, 2021