Officer accused of falsifying stolen car reports

June 6, 2008 4:58:35 AM PDT
Additional police officers could be charged in a scheme to defraud insurance companies.Federal prosecutors have already charged Joseph Grillo-- a 12-year police veteran assigned to the 25th District-- with filing false stolen car reports.

His cousin, tow truck operator James "Meatball" Athans, is also charged. The feds say he towed cars that were reported stolen by police officers and stripped them for parts.

The FBI issued a statement: We hope that the charges announced today will reassure the public that those who are sworn to uphold the law will be held to the highest standards.