Two Hialeah police officers have been arrested for allegedly writing fake traffic tickets.
Armando Perez and Ernesto Arias-Martinez have been charged with official misconduct and falsifying public records. Perez faces five counts of each while Arias-Martinez faces four counts of each.
According to State Attorney Katherine Hernandez Rundle officials launched an investigation when one victim received 18 citations in the mail without knowing they ever committed a traffic violation.
Rundle said in a statement, “When police officers create false traffic tickets, as we are alleging happened here, they damage the reputation of their own department and the reputations of every police officer working to serve our Miami-Dade community.”
During the investigation, officials said they found another eight victims with similar stories.
The Hialeah Police Chief said the two officers will immediately be terminated and stripped of all their police duties.