PINE LAWN, Mo. (KMOX) – The mayor of Pine Lawn, Missouri, Sylvester Caldwell, has been arrested as a result of an indictment charging him with extortion of cash payments from the owner of a local towing company.

Caldwell, 54, was indicted by a federal grand jury on one felony count of interference with commerce by extortion. He was arrested by FBI agents Thursday.

He appeared in court late Thursday afternoon and was released on bond.

According to the indictment, Mayor Caldwell exercised authority over which towing companies provided the towing services for the City of Pine Lawn. The indictment alleges that between December 2013 and April 2014, Caldwell extorted cash payments from the owner of one local towing company in exchange for directing the Pine Lawn Police Department to use Doe’s towing company.

If convicted, Caldwell faces a maximum penalty of 20 years in prison and/or fines up to $250,000.

Caldwell is scheduled for arraignment Monday, Sept. 29.

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