The Monterey County District Attorney's Office announced the arrest of six King City police officers and a civilian Tuesday morning after a six-month long investigation.
The arrests include former Chief Nick Baldiviez, acting Chief Bruce Miller and Sgt. Bobby Carrillo. Three officers, Jaime Andrade, Mario Mottu, Sr. and Mark Baker were also arrested.
Sgt. Bobby Carrillo faces conspiracy to commit a crime, accepting a bribe, and bribing an executive officer.
Acting Chief Bruce Miller faces accepting a bribe. His brother Brian Miller of Miller's Towing faces conspiracy to commit a crime and bribing an executive officer.
Former Chief Nick Baldiviez faces embezzlement as a public officer.
Officer Mario Mottu, Sr. faces embezzlement as a public officer.
Two officers face separate charges: Officer Jaime Andrade faces possession of an assault weapon and illegal storage of a firearm. Officer Mark Baker faces criminal threat charges.
The Monterey County Sheriff's Office, the FBI, the Salinas Police Department and the district attorney's office were involved in the investigation.
The investigation began after several complaints of corruption and other criminal activity within the King City Police Department, according to the DA. After further investigation it was determined that there was a lack of leadership within the department and a massive scheme was also revealed.
The District Attorney's Office says evidence revealed that people within the department were participating in a scheme to receive cars that were impounded by officers of the department.
The victims were said to be economically disadvantaged and were targeted after their vehicles were impounded, towed and stored by Miller's Tow, according to the district attorney.
The defendants in this case are expected to be arraigned Monday, March 3.
The FBI also has an investigation open into money that went missing after it was recovered by the King City police department from bank robbery suspects, but the DA says this is not related to the arrests Tuesday morning.
Former Chief Baldiviez's departure in September of 2013 was shrouded in turmoil after taking leave several months before he officially retired.