No one at the Auburn Police Department will talk about it and neither will officials with the FBI and the U.S. Attorney's Office.
Reporter: "Have you ever been offered a payoff?"
Tyrone White: "No, I haven't."
Tyrone White, however, has plenty to say about the matter. A federal indictment accuses him of accepting payoffs in return for reducing or dropping charges on traffic violations.
"None whatsoever," White claims.
White is a 16-year veteran with the Auburn Police Department. He admits to what he calls 'adjusting' tickets if the violator had information that helped Auburn investigators solve a crime or in cases of a plea bargain.
"There were times when he worked with fellow officers and judges having certain tickets adjusted such as the person got stopped for speeding and also charged with reckless driving. One of the tickets might dropped for a return of a guilty plea," says White's attorney Julian McPhillips.
Reporter: "Why would you do that if that officer felt like there was a violation?"
White: "Okay, the reason I would do that on the side of town I would work, I would use them as informants to help me out on cases. For instance, a murder case in Auburn where a Saco station owner was robbed," White says.
That gas station owner by the way was murdered and so far no one's been arrested in connection with the case. No leads, no suspects. According to White, he is convinced this is retaliation by someone just below the police chief when he and 10 other black officers complained about racial jokes. In fact, White says a ranking officer which he refuses to name.. said they had a case and encouraged them to take it to the chief, but another lieutenant stood in the way.
"A white lieutenant said it would be detrimental to our careers if we did and that's when all of my troubles started," says White.
Tyrone White says as far as he's concerned he did a good job and was highly respected with the school 'DARE' program. But there is a blemish on his record. 10 years ago the police department suspended White for 4 days but told reporters today, he couldn't remember why.
"We prefer not to get in that," says McPhillips.
The law enforcement community tells us that it's common practice for tickets to be 're-considered' if there's information that really helps investigators solve a crime. White says he couldn't remember how many tickets he's adjusted over the years.
Officer White has been on administrative leave with pay since late June. He does not know for how long. He plans to turn himself in tomorrow.
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