Friday, October 22, 2010
NYPD expands ticket-fixing probe, now eyeing Queens and Manhattan too
An internal probe of alleged ticket-fixing by Bronx cops has expanded to Queens and Manhattan, police sources said Thursday.
Records were pulled this week from the 106th and 107th Precincts in Ozone Park and Fresh Meadows, along with a highway unit in Queens. The Internal Affairs Bureau also seized records from the 26th Precinct stationhouse in Morningside Heights and the 32nd Precinct stationhouse in Harlem.
It wasn't immediately clear if IAB investigators are focusing on particular officers or if the inquiry is broader in scope.
The Daily News reported Tuesday that Deputy Inspector John D'Adamo, commanding officer of the Bronx's 52nd Precinct in Bedford Park-Norwood, has been accused of fixing tickets for his friends and relatives.
"He is mortified that his good name and excellent reputation has been associated with these allegations," said Roy Richter, head of the Captains Endowment Association, the union representing D'Adamo.
Sources said D'Adamo's name surfaced in a probe that started nearly a year ago and was connected to allegations that an officer in the 40th Precinct in Mott Haven was involved with a local drug dealer. That officer has since been placed on modified duty but has not been arrested or slapped with departmental charges.
Investigators are also looking into allegations that at least one Patrolmen's Benevolent Association delegate from the Bronx has been involved in fixing tickets.
Last month, the IAB started an audit of ticket activity in all 12 Bronx precincts. That included parking tickets, moving violations and summonses for quality of life issues. More records were pulled yesterday from Bronx borough headquarters.