2 Pa. judges plead guilty in ticket-fixing case
PHILADELPHIA - February 12, 2013 (WPVI) -- Two Pennsylvania judges, named in a sweeping indictment of alleged "ticket-fixing" in Philadelphia Traffic Court, have pleaded guilty to the charges against them.
H. Warren Hogeland, 75, of Richboro, Pa. and Kenneth Miller, 76, of Brookhaven, Pa. pleaded guilty to taking part in the scheme.
A total of nine judges were named in the indictment, released back on January 31st.
The U.S. Attorney's office said Hogeland was a Bucks County Senior Magisterial District Judge and Miller was a Delaware County Senior District Judge. Both accepted assignments with Traffic Court when their services were requested.
Hogeland and Miller admitted to giving breaks on traffic citations to friends, family, the politically-connected, and business associates.
Specifically, the U.S. Attorney's office said, Hogeland presided over a ticket issued to Miller's son and declared Miller's son "not guilty" without him having to make an appearance.
Both defendants pleaded guilty to mail fraud. Hogeland also pleaded guilty to conspiracy.
Both are sent to be sentenced on May 24th.
philadelphia, corruption, fraud, local/state
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