A New York police officer, who is behind a major ticket fixing scandal, is now accused of attempting to kill the prosecutor’s star witness.
The police officer of the City of New York, who is accused in a broad investigation of ticket fixing, conspired with his wife to use money from his police pension to try to have one of the main witnesses against him murdered, prosecutors claimed in an indictment unsealed today.
The officer, Jose Ramos, 43, and his wife, Wanda Abreu, 39, arrived to a courtroom in handcuffs for their arraignment. Both pleaded not guilty to three counts of conspiracy and one count of criminal solicitation.
"Both defendants have conspired to murder a witness," prosecutor Omer Wiczyk told acting Justice Steven Barrett of the State Supreme Court. "They were willing to pay a fee, but it was essential for them not to be involved," he also said.
This is just the latest and the most serious charge against this officer in the ticket fixing scandal so far.
In October, 16 officials were indicted, 11 on charges related to fixing tickets, as a result of a lengthy investigation.