Investigating Allegations Of Corruption In Tow Truck Operations

May 13, 2012 Updated May 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM EDT

By WKBW News

May 13, 2012 Updated May 13, 2012 at 12:11 AM EDT

BUFFALO, N.Y. ( WKBW ) Officials with the City of Buffalo have had their eye on the tow truck business long before allegations of corruption surfaced recently after a two truck driver was shot and killed.

Sources tell Eyewitness News the City and Buffalo Police Department initiated an investigation more than a year ago into whether police officers accepted bribes from tow truck drivers.

The FBI has since joined that investigation.

Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown says he has reached out to the Corporation Counsel for their ideas on how to better regulate operations. The Mayor is expected to announce those recommendations late next week.

If left unregulated, tow truck operators have allegedly been exhibiting bad behavior rushing to accident scenes, and aggressively competing for business.

Buffalo Common Council President Rich Fontana says he has seen things first hand, including trucks speeding to the scene of accidents.

For now, Buffalo Police officers are being investigated for allegedly taking advantage of this competition and accepting bribes from two truck drivers.

Sources tell Eyewitness News that is the focus of an active investigation launched by the City, Police, and now the FBI. However it is something Mayor Brown would not comment on specifically. He would only say that he will work to implement new policies immediately, which could involve zones or having towing companies rotate business on accidents.