Cops in Court Friday in Ticket Fixing Scandal

By Murray Weiss on October 28, 2011 7:26am 

The NYPD faces a looming ticket-fixing scandal.
The NYPD faces a looming ticket-fixing scandal.
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MANHATTAN — The 16 NYPD cops accused of ticket-fixing are expected in court Friday following a massive, three-year corruption investigation that has rocked the department.

The 16 officers and five civilians started turning themselves into the Bronx District Attorney's office early Friday to answer charges ranging from bribery to perjury and obstruction in the bombshell case.

Indictments containing the charges are set to be unsealed at 10 a.m. in Bronx Supreme Court, according to the DA's office.

Sources said that the bulk of the officers and sergeants are union officials. A lieutenant is expected to be charged with a misdemeanor — disclosing grand jury material.

Other charges not related to ticket fixing are expected to be announced, although it was not immediately clear what they were.

The scandal, which erupted earlier this year, stemmed from a culture in which cops fixed tickets for friends, family and colleagues, probers found. 

In some cases, they even went so far as to cover up drunk driving and domestic violence incidents for fellow officers, according to the investigators.

Hundreds of cops face disciplinary action and dozens have already copped pleas to wrongdoing, paid fines and retired, DNAinfo's "On the Inside" reported.

Cops are still waiting to hear whether they've been indicted in the NYPD's ticket-fixing scandal.
Cops are still waiting to hear whether they've been indicted in the NYPD's ticket-fixing scandal.
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