Cop Watch

Thursday, February 03, 2005

Top cop at O'Hare tied to scandal

Chicago Police Cmdr. Michael Acosta consoled police widows at their worst moments.

He also helped his drinking buddy, who stole $4 million in tollway money, and a mob bookie, federal prosecutors allege in a criminal complaint.

The startling contrast came to light Wednesday as prosecutors charged Acosta -- most recently the top cop at O'Hare Airport -- with lying in October to FBI agents investigating the Hired Truck scandal. He is the 17th person charged in the investigation.