New York officials are preparing for a police ticket-fixing scandal the likes of which the city has not felt in decades, reports DNAInfo.com. For the past year, internal investigators and prosecutors have been eavesdropping on the telephones of New York City police officers. Most are delegates representing the city’s Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association.
With evidence from by thousands of hours of recorded conversations, at least 10 officers are expected to be arrested in a case dating back to 2008. The police department has a list of at least 24 cops who are not allowed to retire until this investigation is over. Prosecutors have established thresholds of alleged ticket fixing and wrongdoing to determine which officers will face criminal charges, such as bribery and perjury, and which ones will be charged only by the police department. Sources say it could reach into the hundreds, including supervisors, who will be slapped with violating various departmental rules — ranging from fudging reports and tampering with official records to failing to take action to stop fellow cops from fixing tickets.