RIVERSIDE – Three Riverside County sheriff's deputies and a tow truck operator allegedly conspired to steer business to the latter in exchange for favors benefiting the lawmen, all of whom are charged with felonies under an indictment unsealed Thursday, March 12.
Former Deputy Kevin Carpenter, sheriff's Sgt. Robert Christolon and Lt. Samuel Flores were indicted alongside Temecula-based TJ's Towing proprietor Cody Close for the alleged roughly yearlong scam that was uncovered when another tow truck operator complained, according to the Riverside County District Attorney's Office.
The charges against the defendants include bribery, conspiracy and unlawful use of a government computer network. Each man is free on bond, and all are slated to be arraigned March 27 at the Riverside Hall