HIALEAH, Fla. (AP) — Two Florida police motorbike officers are going through fees that they issued dozens of bogus tickets to drivers they by no means pulled over.
Hialeah officers Ernesto Arias Martinez, 23, and Armando Perez, 40, are going through a number of counts of official misconduct after their arrests Wednesday, the Miami Herald reports. Perez has been with town police division for 5 years, Arias Martinez for 4.
An inner affairs investigation discovered the 2 had issued dozens of bogus tickets to no less than 9 drivers in early 2020, court docket information present.
The Herald experiences the scheme fell aside when attorneys who focus on defending drivers who get tickets began soliciting enterprise from individuals who had no thought what they have been speaking about.
One regulation workplace requested Reicel Sosa Polo if needed assist with the 10 tickets he had acquired. Sosa had by no means been pulled over, however remembered driving previous two Hialeah motorbike officers just lately. He filed a criticism with Hialeah police.
Another driver filed a criticism after she acquired a letter from the state saying her license was about to be suspended as a result of she had not paid six tickets. All have been issued on the identical day in January 2020 and he or she mentioned she had by no means been pulled over, information present.
That led to the inner affairs investigation and the pair’s arrest.
“When police officers create false traffic tickets, as we are alleging happened here, they damage the reputation of their own department and the reputations of every police officer working to serve our Miami-Dade community,” Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle mentioned in a press release.
Perez’s legal professional, Michael Greico, mentioned he desires to see what proof prosecutors have. Arias Martinez’s attorneys had no remark.
The officers’ union distanced itself from the pair.
“As law enforcement officers, we are entrusted in protecting and serving our residents, and these alleged actions have violated the trust of the people and rightfully so,” mentioned Marlon Espinoza, president of the Hialeah Fraternal Order of Police in a press release. “We ask that our neighborhood not decide all our devoted officers by the alleged actions of two.”