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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Court Corruption's Smoking Gun: Dishonest Non-Judicial Insiders

Former Minn. court clerk pleads guilty to fraud
NBC - WFARE - March 21, 2011

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- A former senior clerk of court for the State of Minnesota's Fourth Judicial District pleaded guilty in St. Paul Federal Court Monday to failing to provide the state and its citizens honest services by improperly dismissing traffic citations and pocketing associated funds. Abdulkadir Mohamoud Afrah, 43, of Hastings, pleaded guilty to one count of honest services wire fraud. Afrah, who was indicted on Feb. 22, entered his plea before a United States District Court Judge. Afrah began working for the State of Minnesota in March of 2003. In his plea agreement, he admitted that from 2008 through 2011, he unlawfully dismissed at least 22 "no proof of car insurance" tickets. Those tickets had a value to Hennepin County Distirct Court of at least $6110. Afrah also admitted that he had sought bribes and received other payments from cited persons in the course of dismissing the tickets. To hide this scheme from his employer, Afrah admitted that he had made false entries in the court's computer system. In his professional capacity, Afrah reviewed and processed traffic citations at the Violations Bureau in the Hennepin County Government Center. Specifically, he handled "no proof of insurance" citations brought to him by members of the public. If presented with such a citation as well as an insurance card, Afrah had the authority to dismiss the ticket if the insurance company named on the card confirmed that a policy was in force at the time the citation was issued. In order to dismiss the ticket, Afrah was required to enter information, including the policy number from the applicable insurance card, into the court's computer system. A law enforcement affidavit filed in the case states that in March of 2010, authorities learned that Afrah was fixing tickets for people cited for no proof of insurance. On Jan. 10, a cooperating witness who was issued such a citation met with Afrah, asking for his help because he purportedly had no insurance. Afrah told the man he could help him in exchange for $278, which was the fine amount. Afrah met with the cooperating witness again later in the day, walking with him to a nearby building, where Afrah accepted $280 in cash. Afrah then told the cooperating witness that the citation would not go on his record. The court's electronic records indicate that Afrah dismissed the ticket at 4:10 p.m. that day. On Jan. 19, the cooperating witness returned to the Violations Bureau, met with Afrah, and received a receipt that showed the citation had been dismissed.

25 comments:

New Yorker said...

This idiot is a two-bit thief. We have a very more sophisticated system of corruption in New York- bigger, better thives, if you will. There's a lot more money at stake too, and my favorite is the New York judge John L. Phillips who himself fell victim to the corrupt system-- insiders ripping off his millions, picking on his bones as he lay dying.

If they (anyone who really cared) did a few audits (REAL audits) or stings in traffic courts, local courts and trust/estates courts, they'd find the big players- the big frauds and the big stolen money.

Anonymous said...

I agree. As bad as some of the judges are, they are out-numbered by the corrupt law clerks, law secretaries and court attorneys. It's one big corruption pay-to-play-kickback party.

Anonymous said...

Should be SMOKING CANNON, not smoking GUN. These crooks are not to be taken lightly- that's been the problem all along and that's why they have gotten away with murder.

Anonymous said...

A small fish. Wiser NY clerks take payments from lawyers in NY because they know lawyers are protected. Clerks also handle judges requests on a fee basis for same reason. The moral rot in NY drips down from Chief Judge Lippman to judges, clerks and other court employees. A local ADA bragged that she fixed tickets for friends which I guess was a solicitation for a bribe if one needed to fix a ticket.

Anonymous said...

I am a bit disturbed that this blog chose to relate a story about a single, non-NY State, non-judicial employee...as some perplexing smoking gun, enhancing judicial corruption.
I personally am an ex non-judicial, NY State employee who has waged an unrelenting, for more than half a decade,a single battle of torture using extensive 3 decade knowledge and provable truthes, all with this blog's blessings and contact, until they privately iced me in 2009 for no reason.
This terroristic battle of almost insurmountable hurdles....used by the NY State Office of Court Administration has been comparable to the conflicts in the middle east...and not one word of my fight has ever been printed to encourage present and ex employees and citizens, to come forward and join with me, with additional information and offerings of fresh and more useful tactics.
It APPEARS that criminal actions by court employees from outside of NY STATE, are the only events that are being presented here, to solicit one line comments of concurrence, and that solutions with ongoing fighters are neglected, because just maybe that is what the timid want to hear, so they may never question the reason there are so few positive articles about the fighters and job losers that existed and have existed long before this blog materialized.
There is a need for support to turn this blog into a forum of accountability , rather than one of the same continuous old bitching.
Definitely not looking for any publicity...don;t need or desire it, but if it has to happen to re-energize this blog...then...I'm just saying!

Anonymous said...

usually we just ask one of our Niagara County Sheriff's friends to get rid of our tickets and we also use the system the other way around, if we want to terrorize someone we sick the sheriff's on them!

Anonymous said...

no offense to the upstanding Niagara County Sheriff's or Voutour who the decent citizens say I wouldn't want to Tangle with him, talk to Voutour about the corrupt one's and some of the female's reply but I may want to Tango with him!

Anonymous said...

no offense to the upstanding Niagara County Sheriff's or Voutour who the decent citizens say I wouldn't want to Tangle with him, talk to Voutour about the corrupt one's and some of the female's reply but I may want to Tango with him!

Anonymous said...

Re-write...corruption and conspiracy involves two or more people...not sure why this article was written the way it was..lots of non-judicial court employees working to expose OCA and devise solutions...need to print their efforts.

Anonymous said...

when you can falsify police records, (or just ditch them) falsify court records, even medical records and hold witch hunts and get away with it......
the solution is!!!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

when you can't call from your own phone for help, the solution is!

Anonymous said...

when you can't call from your own phone for help, the solution is!

Anonymous said...

I know pay a lawyer who will tell you they will help you, who will in fact cover it all up after they have screwed you again!

Anonymous said...

The purpose of lawyers are to block and protect their brothers in the racket. The best part is that the client pays them and 'thinks' they're receiving 'honest services' when in fact they are getting screwed all around! This is going on all over this corrupt land. Down here in Florida it's a joke and no one cares or does didly S**t about it.

Anonymous said...

A system of corruption here in New York State. From the state to the federal courts..money talks. We need a task force that looks at both court systems and begins making arrests to stop these disgusting crimes by Judges.

Anonymous said...

To the person above who always hits that send button twice to make a point..please stop, as writing something new and helpful a couple times a day is actually more of a solution then reporting the same stories constantly and sending it more than once.
Please Do not be offended, this is just a hint to writing comments that invoke constructive solutions and information, that may possibly be in your favor.

Anonymous said...

what about all the court officers who fix cases?

Anonymous said...

Why do you feel obligated to post only stories about criminal court employees, when there are ex employees who have given their livlihood....jobs, benefits and homes, to fight NY State court corruption and testify while being threatened by OCA, for those who have alleged the corruption in writing as well as official filings..but never ever get mentioned...not even in case content only, as names of same appear, to not be desired?
Since OCA is stalking this blog to create some false and damaging content...you may as well inform the public about their targets!

Anonymous said...

I am not hitting the send button twice, I probably have a bug in some way on my system......those stories of OCA and bank account checking, phone taps, hacking are probably all true......this is my second time around being traced so that some judge or lawyer does not go to jail......or they are looking for some pay off from a friend to keep me out of trouble from their lies........lies they made up to try to falsely and selectively prosecute me and it didn't work the first time for the second so I gues they will just keep trying!

Anonymous said...

those lies, were FEDEREAL FELONIES with full knowledge by a slew of lawyers who did not report it!

Anonymous said...

by the way, confirmed sources have stated over and over it was not Townsend, and it couldn't have been this started in 1992!

Anonymous said...

Dear Governor Cuomo,
Please put a HIPPA Violator in the Department of Justice my medical records have been falsified for 18 years and those falsified records have been used against me in a court of law and behind my back to try to falsely and selectively prosecute me.

My lawyers, my DA, my Sheriff have failed to properly report such Felonies to the proper authorities.

They have also falsified police records, court records, etc to deny my rights to
Proper Medical Care

Proper Legal Representation

Proper Police Protection

Anonymous said...

If you really want to know how some of this started just look up people with the same name!

Anonymous said...

Hey Townsend,
Look to Sister's Hospital 1992, that is what these Cretin's were doing all along! dirtbags, you sent me to the DEA for the last time, you will all eat crow!

Anonymous said...

as for any Doctor you lied to or set up.......the Rectal Society has the last say!

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