According to a press release from the Westchester County District Attorney, a New York State Police trooper who was assigned to patrol the Taconic and Sprain Brook State Parkways in Westchester County was detained and charged with issuing more than 30 fabricated traffic tickets and supporting depositions to people who were never subjected to a traffic stop, including one person who passed away before the tickets were issued.
Integrity in law enforcement is crucial, according to DA Rocah. I applaud the New York State Police for bringing this issue to our attention and exhibiting their dedication to accountability and transparency.
Thirty-two charges of offering a false instrument for filing in the first degree, a felony, and eight counts of official misconduct, a misdemeanor, are brought against Edward Longo, 34, of Yorktown.
The Westchester County District Attorney’s Office’s Public Integrity and Law Enforcement Integrity Bureau investigated with the assistance of the New York State Police, and on January 31, 2023, the defendant was taken into custody.
On February 16, 2023, the defendant will be arraigned in Mount Pleasant Justice Court.
On eight separate instances between May 10, 2021, and October 2, 2022, the defendant, who was acting in the course of his employment as a New York State Police Trooper, is accused of issuing 32 tickets and supporting documents that contained fraudulent assertions and misleading information.
The fabricated tickets and accompanying testimony were then delivered to the defendant’s station, the New York State Police Troop K Hawthorne barracks in Mount Pleasant.
In November 2022, the defendant was placed on administrative leave by the New York State Police.