DANIELSON, Conn. (AP) — Police have arrested an assistant chief clerk at a state courthouse in eastern Connecticut after she allegedly forged a prosecutor’s signature to help settle a traffic ticket for a friend.
The Hartford Courant reports 49-year-old Gina Mancini-Pickett was placed on administrative leave without pay from the Danielson court on Dec. 22, a day after she was charged with second-degree forgery.
Police say Mancini-Pickett wiped away a friend’s $150 ticket by signing a prosecutor’s name to it and then entered it into the judicial system as a “nolle.” When prosecutors decline to prosecute a case, they typically mark the case file as a nolle.
The forgery was discovered after Windham State’s Attorney Patricia Froehlich anonymously received an interoffice mailing containing the ticket.
Attorney Michael Fitzpatrick says Mancini-Pickett denies the allegation.
Information from: Hartford Courant, http://www.courant.com
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