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Police: Officer issued tickets to the dead

July 22, 2011 at 3:30 AM

NEW YORK, July 22 (UPI) -- The New York Police Department said investigators discovered an officer had written 36 fraudulent tickets, including some issued to dead people.

Police said Officer Paul Pizzuto, 40, a 17-year veteran, wrote tickets for drivers who had committed no offenses, including some motorists who were deceased, between March and June of 2010, the New York Post reported Thursday.

NYPD spokesman Paul Browne said Pizzuto's scheme was uncovered when supervisors noticed the large amount of overtime hours he was logging.

"The officer was padding his time records by claiming to have worked overtime ... he did not work," Browne said.

Potential disciplinary measures against Pizzuto were not released.

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