March 26, 2023

New York State Trooper Arrested For Issuing Fake Traffic Tickets, Including To Someone Who Had Died

A New York State Trooper was arrested on January 31 and dealing with costs for handing out not less than 24 bogus tickets in Westchester County.

Edward Longo, 34, is charged with 32 felony counts of providing a false instrument for submitting within the first diploma and eight misdemeanor counts of official misconduct. 

Longo allegedly issued the tickets and supporting depositions with out ever performing a visitors cease. The fraudulent tickets and depositions had been submitted to the Troop Okay barracks situated in Mount Nice, the place he was assigned.

He carried out the fraud between Could 10, 2021, and October 2, 2022. Some infractions he used for the false tickets had been dashing, failure to sign, and seat belt violations, amongst others. 

In March of final yr, Longo ticketed a person supposedly driving on the Taconic State Parkway, however the man had died simply hours earlier in a crash. The spouse of 50-year-old Jurt Perez was shocked and appalled to study of the officer’s ticketing ploy.

CBS Information stories that court docket filings point out Longo’s visitors enforcement fell beneath Troop Okay’s common. It’s believed that he started issuing pretend tickets to keep away from receiving a destructive efficiency analysis. 

“Integrity in law enforcement is paramount,” District Lawyer Miriam Rocah stated. “I commend our partners at the New York State Police for referring this case to our Office and demonstrating their commitment to accountability and transparency.” 

Longo was positioned on administrative depart in November of final yr and is scheduled to be arraigned on February 16.