N.J. Court Employee To Serve Time For Ticket Scheme

HACKENSACK, N.J. (CBS 2) — A New Jersey woman is heading to jail for dismissing her own parking tickets – 200 of them.

Virginia Pagan was led away in handcuffs, set to begin a three-year prison sentence. The former Jersey City court administrator admitted to her role in a ticket-fixing scheme involving herself and four other municipal judges.

“This business of dismissing these parking tickets wasn’t done for profit,” Pagan’s attorney, Dennis Mahoney, said. “She wasn’t selling dismissals, so to speak – these were her own parking tickets. That doesn’t make it right, of course.”

Back in June, Pagan pleaded guilty to using her position to gain access to computer records, dismissing 215 parking tickets that had been issued to herself and to her daughter.

The 55-year-old mother and grandmother told a judge she was embarrassed and ashamed by what she did.

In handing down the sentence, Judge Harry Carroll said Pagan’s job within the court system made her actions particularly disgraceful. He said he wanted to send a message to others who may be tempted to abuse their power as well.

“Miss Pagan’s actions do reflect negatively, and unfortunately serve to foster a lack of trust and competence in our court system, and certainly that cannot, and will not, be condoned,” Judge Carroll said.

The judge ordered Pagan to pay restitution for the unpaid tickets, which amounts to more than $5,000. The judge also barred Pagan from ever working for the public again.

  • jose trevno sr.

    We need to learn more about the judges–they should be judged as well.

  • satineye

    The only reason why it upsets me is because I have one ticket for over five years and if I don’t come up with the money, I will be persecuted!

  • http://ampedrage.wordpress.com ampedrage

    so what about the 4 judges that were involved? Did they circle the wagons and leave her hung out to dry?

  • Louis Verrone

    I’m not condoning her actions but there are bankers and Wall Street thugs who got nothing for destroying our economy.

  • Repo Man

    Now that’s my kind of Judge.

  • John Finch

    Oh please, that same judge probably allows perjury by cops all the time.

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