NYC police ticket-fixing probe nearing end

September 28, 2011 - 12:15 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A grand jury is wrapping up its investigation into allegations that New York City police officers abused their authority by helping friends and family avoid paying traffic tickets.

Two people familiar with the probe said Wednesday that the grand jury is considering possible indictments against a dozen or more officers. The people say the charges could be announced within the next two weeks.

The people are not authorized to speak publicly about the proceedings and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity.

The case stemmed from an internal probe in 2009 of an officer suspected of associating with a drug dealer. Officials say several officers were unexpectedly caught on wiretaps discussing how to fix tickets.

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Associated Press writer Colleen Long contributed to this report.