Ex-Traffic Court Judge Admits to Ticket Fixing

Fortunato Perri Sr. is one of nine judges named in January in a widespread ticket-fixing scheme alleged by the FBI.

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    A former president judge of Philadelphia's traffic court has pleaded guilty to fixing tickets for a strip club owner and others in exchange for favors. NBC10's Lu Ann Cahn has the details. (Published Wednesday, Mar 13, 2013)

    A former president judge of Philadelphia's traffic court has pleaded guilty to fixing tickets for a strip club owner and others in exchange for favors.
     
    Fortunato Perri Sr. is one of nine judges named in January in a widespread ticket-fixing scheme alleged by the FBI.

    “He received a stream of benefits, notably free car repairs, free food, free videos, various landscaping services and other services,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Wolf.
     
    Perri was charged separately from the others and had been expected to plead guilty. Two other retired judges have also pleaded guilty.
     
    He faces up to six months in prison after Wednesday's fraud and conspiracy plea.
     
    Defense lawyer Brian McMonagle will seek probation for his 77-year-old client. The sentencing is scheduled for June 21.
     
    Court documents allege that Perri fixed tickets in 2010 in exchange for car repairs and other favors. Perri joined the court in 1997.
     
    McMonagle declined comment on the plea.