ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The Mayor of Pine Lawn has been sentenced to nearly three years in federal prison.
Related story: Pine Lawn Mayor Arrested on Extortion Charges
Sylvester Caldwell plead guilty to extortion charges related to a towing company and a Pine Lawn convenience store.
According to a news release on at least five occasions, Caldwell met with the tow company owner at various locations within the Eastern District of Missouri. He accepted cash payments which the defendant had requested in exchange for continuing work for the tow company. Caldwell also threatened to use a competing tow company.
At times Caldwell used coded language when requesting the cash payments. He would command the tow company owner to place, “green Mountain Dew in a cup,” which meant that the cash would be placed in a disposable cup for him when making a transaction.
Between February 2013 and September 2014, Caldwell also extorted money from the owner of Pine Lawn Market. The Mayor attempted to disguise money from the owner as donations to the City of Pine Lawn.
The owner of the convenience store allowed Caldwell to take goods and paid money out of fear that his business would suffer economically.
Caldwell has been ordered to repay $5,500 in restitution.
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