SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday upheld a $15 million award to three officers who accused the Los Angeles Police Department of wrongly arresting them and making them scapegoats during the notorious Rampart scandal.

The massive corruption scandal led to the investigation of 82 incidents involving 50 officers and reversal of more than 100 convictions tainted by police misconduct.

A jury in 2006 determined that the three men were entitled to $5 million each because they were wrongly arrested and charged with filing false police reports.

The three were implicated by former officer Rafael Perez, the central figure of the scandal in which officers were alleged to have beaten, robbed, framed and shot innocent people in the city's tough Rampart neighborhood. Dozens of officers were investigated, leading to some resignations and internal discipline but only a small number of prosecutions.