Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Who's who in the federal Traffic Court trial

* Michael Sullivan: Traffic Court judge starting in January 2006. Appointed administrative judge April 27, 2011, but state's top court removed him in December 2011 following FBI raids that September on Traffic Court and other locations. Removed from bench immediately after indictment against him and eight others unsealed Jan. 31, 2013. Family owns Fireside Tavern in South Philly, where people allegedly left traffic tickets or related documents for him. Charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy.

* Michael Lowry: Traffic Court judge starting in January 2008. Removed from bench immediately after indictment unsealed Jan. 31, 2013. Charged with conspiracy, wire fraud, perjury.

* Robert Mulgrew: Traffic Court judge starting in January 2008. Charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy, perjury. Pleaded guilty last year in unrelated case to defrauding nonprofit Friends of Dickinson Square of state grant money. Was vice president of the group. Still faces sentencing on one count each of mail fraud and of filing a false personal tax return. Removed from bench in September 2012 after indictment in nonprofit case.

* Willie Singletary: Traffic Court judge starting in January 2008. Charged with wire and mail fraud, conspiracy, making false statements to FBI. In December 2008, state Court of Judicial Discipline found him guilty of violating rules of judicial conduct for his actions at a 2007 motorcycle club rally when he was campaigning to be a Traffic Court judge. At the rally, he told attendees: "I need some money. I got some stuff that I got to do, but if you all can give me $20 you're going to need me in Traffic Court, am I right about that?" Suspended from Traffic Court without pay Jan. 5, 2012, for allegedly having shown a young, female Traffic Court cashier two cellphone pictures of his erect penis. He allegedly asked her, "Do you like that?" Resigned from court in February 2012. According to his Facebook page, he is now hiring himself out as a driver: "if you need a vehicle for your prom, please don't hesitate to call," he writes.

* Thomasine Tynes: Traffic Court judge starting in January 1990. President judge June 16, 2005 to Feb. 8, 2012, when she began a medical leave of absence. Retired July 3, 2012. Charged with wire and mail fraud, conspiracy, perjury.

* Mark Bruno: Magisterial district judge from Chester County, at times presided over Traffic Court cases. Suspended. Charged with wire and mail fraud, conspiracy.

* Henry "Eddie" Alfano: When he was a Philadelphia police officer, Alfano shot and killed a robber who had hog-tied people. Now owns a tow-truck operation and an automobile-salvage company. Landlord of buildings where two gentlemen's clubs are located in Southwest Philadelphia. Charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy.

* Robert Moy: Owns Chinatown firm Number One Translations. Accused of helping clients with tickets based on close relationship with Singletary and Tynes, whom he called "Mom." Ad in China News Weekend newspaper said, "Tackles the traffic ticket, and guarantees no points or fewer points." Charged with wire fraud, mail fraud, conspiracy.

- Julie Shaw

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