Report: Officers Set To Be Fired For Bogus Tickets

CHICAGO (CBS) — A suburban man who has received a steady stream of Chicago parking tickets says he feels vindicated now that the Police Department is acknowledging they were bogus.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, for four years, Mark Geinosky of Orland Park received ticket after ticket in the mail for four years for parking violations on Chicago’s South Side, the Chicago Tribune reported.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

But Geinosky insists the car was elsewhere when the tickets were issued, and in fact, he says some were issued after he sold the vehicle, the newspaper reported. He fought each ticket in court and won, but the tickets kept coming – 24 in all, the newspaper reported.

Now, the Tribune reports police Supt. Garry McCarthy is moving to have three officers – identified as Steven Sabatino, Horst Hegewald and Paul Roque – fired for allegedly writing false tickets, while a fourth, William Whelehan, was fired last week on an unrelated matter. Charges against the officers were filed with the Police Board on Sept. 26, the Tribune reported.

Geinosky tells the Tribune he is shocked, and says it has restored his confidence in City Hall.

The Chicago Fraternal Order of Police says it stands by the officers, and their attorneys say they didn’t write the tickets, the newspaper reported.

In a separate issue involving bogus tickets, 2 Investigator Dave Savini last week revealed several cases in which suburbanites were ticketed n Chicago for not having a city sticker, even though the cars are not registered in Chicago.

One North Riverside woman received more than 20 tickets in two and a half weeks while visiting her brother in the city, each for $120. All the tickets were written by the same officer, Gary Sanabria, who allegedly has been blanketing the cars of suburban visitors with tickets.

  • Roberta Waker

    Good!! They should be fired for writing bogus tickets and harrassing people. If the officer’s name is on the tickets, HE must take the “credit” for writing them. If these officers were as diligent in arresting real criminals, Chicago would be a much safer place to visit and live in.

  • dan

    It’s BS like this that gives CPD a black eye, they should deduct money from their remaining pay checks and give it to the victims to cover their inconvenience.

    I like the stance that the new chief is taking-We are not gonna add more cops until we make sure the ones we have are positioned properly-In other words moving the lazy dead beat cops from their hiding places and put them on the beat and make their supervisors and commanders accountable.

    Of course we all know what the unions stance is on these matters right? Same old same old!

  • Gabe

    I am sick and tired of Chicago residents having their cars registered else where and parking on our streets without having to pay for a city sticker. That lady from Northriverside lives at her brother’s house. That’s a fact that car is there 24/7 what a shame it has to come to this because of some idiot’s that are too cheap. As far as the officers , throw the book at them for not handling the matter the right way. Crackdown on city sticker scofflaws, and those who live here with different registration address other than their driver’s license.

  • Bob Barker

    Meh, cops hate the law more than private citizens, film @ 11.

  • Jim

    Chcago is just one big cesspool of crime and criminals build a fence around it and take away their right to vote.
    Hi there Chicago it’s me from down state illinois. Hows the anti gun laws working out for ya. When will you idiots up there wake up and see your anti carry laws only dis arm the law abiding guys and keep the bad guys safer?

  • Centurion

    The FOP and the Attorneys insist….THOSE OFFICERS DID NOT WRITE THE TICKETS! So…who did..and who forged their signatures…with THEIR NAMES AND STAR NUMBERS? yes…tickets must contain the Officers Star number. Perhaps it was the OCCUPY PROTESTERS? They just happened to get a hold of a police parking ticket book…and the officers Star number..and someone there is fully capable of duplicating the officers signature. Gee, ya wouldn’t think an Attorney would LIE TO THE PEOPLE… you?

blog comments powered by Disqus
Daily Weather Reports Delivered To You!SIGN UP NOW: Get daily weather reports every morning from meteorologist Steve Baskerville!
CBS Sports Radio RoundupGet your latest sports talk from across the country.

Listen Live