Three police officers in Springdale, Utah have been accused of taking roughly $12,000 from foreigners caught in a speed trap set up near the Zion National Park. While city officials are not apparently upset with the speed trap used to generate funds for the city, they are ticked that they never saw the money.
From January through October of 2011, the officers are suspected of collecting money at the scene from foreigners and then keeping it. An audit found 138 citation documents missing from files — believed to be citations written at the scene and then destroyed after shaking down the drivers.
In October 2011 a Spanish tourist reported that she was told to pay a fine immediately in cash by a Springdale officer.
There is now a criminal investigation.