Chicago cops bribed to share crash reports with attorney referral service


Two veteran Chicago police officers have been indicted on federal charges alleging they took thousands of dollars in kickbacks from the owner of an attorney referral service in exchange for inside information on victims from traffic crash reports.

Officers Kevin Tate, 47, and Milot Cadichon, 46, face charges of bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery, court records show. Also charged with one conspiracy count was Richard Burton, 55, owner of National Attorney Referral Service in west suburban Bloomingdale.

The charges alleged that between 2015 and 2017, Tate and Cadichon provided nonpublic information from crash reports to Burton, sometimes using cellphones to text Burton the victims’ contact information. Burton then used the information to solicit accident victims as clients for attorneys, the charges said.

A Police Department spokesman said Friday that both officers worked patrol in the Calumet District on the Far South Side and have been stripped of their police powers in light of the criminal charges. Records show Cadichon is an 18-year veteran of the force, while Tate has been an officer for 13 years.

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