California police chief says charges baseless

February 26, 2014 - 5:35 PM
Police Car Theft Scheme

Monterey County District attorney Dean Flippo, left, and Monterey County Sheriff Scott Miller answer questions during a news conference, Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2014, in Salinas, Calif. Flippo said the six officers, including the recently retired police chief and the acting chief, have been arrested, in connection to a scheme to steal more than 200 cars from poor Hispanic people. (AP Photo/The Monterey County Herald, Vern Fisher)

KING CITY, Calif. (AP) — A rural California police chief who was arrested along with two other officers on suspicion of selling or giving away impounded cars says the charges against him and other members of the force are baseless.

Bruce Edward Miller, who was removed as chief of the King City police force, said Wednesday that his family has received death threats since authorities disclosed details of the case.

Miller and two other officers have each been charged with bribery, accepting a bribe or embezzlement in the alleged scheme.

Monterey County prosecutors announced the charges on Tuesday.