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Police Board To Decide Whether To Fire Officers Over Bogus Tickets

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CHICAGO (CBS) — A Police Board hearing into the alleged harassment of a man by two Chicago police officers has ended, and the officers will soon learn whether they will be fired.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports, Mark Geinosky got 24 bogus tickets in 2007 and 2008. He thinks it has something to do with his contentious divorce, the Chicago Tribune reported.

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Geinosky, of Orland Park, received ticket after ticket for parking violations on the city’s South Side, the Tribune reported last fall.

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.

Geinosky wrote to the Tribune’s “What’s Your Problem” in 2009, and an internal investigation was launched.

Five officers were named. Two of them are off the force for unrelated reasons, and a third is serving with the Air National Guard in Afghanistan, the Tribune reported.

The remaining two officers – Horst Hegewald and Paul Roque – are fighting the charges, the Tribune reported.

They say someone else was writing tickets from citation books assigned to them, and a handwriting expert called by the officers said that explanation was probable, the Tribune reported.

An attorney for the officers says they do not know who wrote the bogus tickets, the Tribune reported.

The city wants both officers fired.