Mich. Officer Accused in Ticket-Fixing Scheme

WEST BLOOMFIELD, Mich. --

A veteran West Bloomfield police officer has been charged with misconduct in connection with a ticket-fixing scheme.

Police Officer Jeffrey Pinzia, 38, was handcuffed as he stood in court for his arraignment Tuesday on misconduct and conspiracy to misconduct charges.

He has been with the department for 15 years.

West Bloomfield Police Chief Michael Patton said Pinzia is accused of fixing tickets with the aid of 31-year-old Rudi Gammo, who has a history of drug charge convictions.

Patton said Gammo would offer people who got traffic tickets a $2,000 fee to have Pinzia get rid of them.

Patton said it was fellow police officers who alerted authorities about the scheme.

"Any allegation of anything illegal or unethical will always be investigated. And, if proven, will never be tolerated," Patton said.

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