Thursday, January 27, 2011
NY; Crooked city clerk jailed for tix-fix tricks
A crooked city data entry clerk -- who took thousands of dollars cash to "fix" overdue parking tickets, then just pocketed the money without paying anything off -- is going to jail for a year.
Karen Frazier, 43, promised twenty drivers that for half the value of what they owed, she'd make their fines go away -- only to leave her "customers" in worse shape, saddled with additional nonpayment penalties.
The trickster ticket fixer had written $24,000 in rubber checks to make it seem to customers who checked online that their fines were paid -- at least until the checks bounced, officials said.
Frazier had been caught in a city Department of Investigation probe, and pleaded guilty in October to charges of fraud, official misconduct and tampering with public records, said DOI commissioner Rose Gill Hearn.