A New York City Police Department officer has been fired for a ticket-writing scheme after 17 years on the force. According to The New York Post, Paul Pizzuto wrote summonses to drivers he'd ticketed in the past, some of whom had been deceased for years by the time the citations arrived in the mail. Pizzuto says he started writing the fake tickets after command told him he needed to start writing more on top of the 125 to 150 he was already issuing. Colleagues raised concerns when they realized Pizzuto never showed up in court for the additional summonses.

The former officer pled guilty to three counts of falsifying business records earlier this year. The NYPD, meanwhile, denies pushing Pizzuto for more tickets and accuses him of trying to pad his pay with his efforts. Pizzuto claims he was improperly fired because the NYPD didn't give him a hearing over the matter. The police department, meanwhile, says he was let go because the citations were an "oath of office" offense, meaning Pizzuto wasn't entitled to a hearing.

Pizzuto was one of three officers busted in the scandal, and he not only lost his job, he received 150 hours of community service along with a docked pension.


I'm reporting this comment as:

Reported comments and users are reviewed by Autoblog staff 24 hours a day, seven days a week to determine whether they violate Community Guideline. Accounts are penalized for Community Guidelines violations and serious or repeated violations can lead to account termination.


    • 1 Second Ago
  • 74 Comments
      oRenj9
      • 2 Years Ago
      NYC claims to not enforce ticket quotas; admits to giving bonuses to officers based on number of tickets issued. Awesome.
      jebibudala
      • 2 Years Ago
      Government agencies on any level should not be in the "money making" business period.
      Ducman69
      • 2 Years Ago
      This shows where the governments priorities are. Had the tickets been real, he would have been rewarded for generating additional revenue as that form of taxation is intended. But since these were "fake" tickets and no revenue could be collected since he wasn't showing up to court causing an immediate dismissal, this actually cost them money, the opposite of his primary role as a tax farmer.
      Dark Gnat
      • 2 Years Ago
      Quotas lead to excessive ticketing, which leads to excessive fines. Because these fines are basically revenue, this amounts to taxation without representation.
      Avinash Machado
      • 2 Years Ago
      Not much difference between many cops and criminals today. Except that crooks don't wear uniforms.
      telm12345
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can someone explain the logic of quotas? Maybe I am not extremely knowledgeable in police operations, but this seems like quite a shady aspect. What if there was a murder quota? Would they convict people of murder even when its an accident? Or would they randomly pick people up and blame them for murders from 30 years ago? F-d up.
        Camaroman101
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        its only logical to officers, more tickets issued usually equals bonuses/overtime pay
        Gordon Chen
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        The logic, which I strongly disagree with, is if an area is more at risk for speeding, the quota proves they are doing their job well.
        The Wasp
        • 2 Years Ago
        @telm12345
        A quota assumes that more crime is being committed than is being punished. I think everyone would agree that is true when it comes to traffic violations. The same is true for murder. With no expectation of tickets, they might have to come up with a smarter way to prevent officers from taking a nap in the squad car for 8 hours a day -- apparently a sense of duty on the part of the officers is not enough.
      joe shmoe
      • 2 Years Ago
      he should have used a tape recorder to document the pressure to meet quota, if his superiors asked him to write more. We've seen cases like these enough times on TV. The PD and higher-ups will deny wrongdoing.
      NY EVO X MR GUY
      • 2 Years Ago
      They do have quotas. Period. I know quite a few of nypd highway patrol. They have a certain amount of tickets to write. They make them write a lot of them so that some of them will stick. The city is losing businesses, residents and tourist. But New York deserves what it gets for voting three times for the same jackass. I am so glad I left. Enjoy your high rent, horrible school system, cramped apartments and the awesome public transportation system. Ha!! You're Welcome. Oh wait......the government corruption and sharp spike in crime. Here comes the not-so-good years.
        Chris
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        It sounds as though all of the improvements the city saw under Mayor Giuliani are coming undone. Stories such as this further prove that theory. The previous mayor may have had his flaws, but the current mayor, Bloomberg, is a textbook example of what I can't stand about politicians. The man's a joke, and I can't understand how he ever managed to get reelected, twice, especially when considering how popular his predecessor was.
          NY EVO X MR GUY
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          Actually, three times they voted for him.
          Chris
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Chris
          Well, I thought I'd give them a free pass on the first one since maybe a lot of New Yorkers weren't aware of the level of douchebaggery the man represents, but I don't see any excuse for reelecting him once, let alone twice.
        Justin Campanale
        • 2 Years Ago
        @NY EVO X MR GUY
        I live in NY and I completely agree, except for the part about the school system.
          NY EVO X MR GUY
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Justin Campanale
          With the exception of very few schools, NYC still is ranked low compared to the rest of the country. Lets not compare the NYC school system to other countries. Whew. Teachers buying their masters degrees through Touro College and other institutions. The "school cheating scanda"l and the fact that most of the children (let's not get into the teachers) cannot read or write at the standard grade level. Math and Science is another huge weak point in low test scores.
      Fierce5
      • 2 Years Ago
      this is one lazy cop. I work in the city and I travel back and forth to and from the city everyday, I have to walk 35 minutes in total to and from my job and I see a lot of crap going on, drivers running red lights, cabs blocking traffic and buses blocking intersections (light turning red and they still pass, they end blocking the box). NY cops have TONS of work to do especially that they're all over the place, usually on the phone or chatting with each other. I don't know what's his quota, but whatever the number is you can easily meet it if you're a cop in the city.
      HughJardon
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hey, just because dead people can vote and donate to political campaigns, they aren't above the law.
      Peter_G
      • 2 Years Ago
      NY State Troopers are no better. At least this guy did it because he claimed he was coerced. http://digitaljournal.com/article/256879
      Rider
      • 2 Years Ago
      Over-paid revenue generators.
    • Load More Comments