Third Baltimore Police Detective to Plead Guilty in Federal Racketeering Case

The indictments led Police Commissioner Kevin Davis to end plainclothes policing in Baltimore, saying the style encouraged officers to cut corners.

Rayam, 37, and Gondo, 34, both joined the force 12 years ago, and they conspired to carry out a campaign of robbery and extortion stretching back at least two years, federal prosecutors wrote in the indictment.

The two men also are accused of routinely cheating on their overtime. Wiretaps recorded them discussing schemes to inflate their paychecks from $3,000 to $4,000 to $5,000, prosecutors wrote.

Rayam once filed for overtime pay for the hours he spent inside the poker room at the Maryland Live Casino in Anne Arundel County, prosecutors wrote.

“One hour can be eight hours,” Gondo allegedly told him by phone in a July 2016. “Easy money J. Easy money.”

Both men earned a salary of about $71,400 during fiscal year 2016, but also received nearly $30,000 in overtime pay, prosecutors wrote. Mayor Catherine Pugh began an audit of police overtime costs after the allegations emerged of widespread overtime fraud.

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