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NYPD ticket-fixing charges expected

More than a dozen NYPD officers are expected to begin turning themselves in Thursday night or early Friday morning on criminal charges they fixed tickets, sources familiar with the case said.
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U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara (third, right) speaks as New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly (center) and Charles Campisi (right), Head of Internal Affairs, listen during a news conference to announce the arrest Tuesday of five New York Police Department officers on charges that they smuggled firearms, cigarettes and slot machines they believed were stolen on Oct. 25 in New York City. Spencer Platt / Getty Images file
/ Source: NBCNewYork.com

More than a dozen NYPD officers are expected to begin turning themselves in Thursday night or early Friday morning on criminal charges that they fixed tickets, sources familiar with the case said.

The Bronx District Attorney’s office is expected to unseal indictments Friday as the officers are expected to be arraigned in the Bronx criminal courthouse, sources tell NBC New York.

The DA's office began notifying indicted police officers late Thursday afternoon to begin turning themselves in as early Thursday night, according to sources.

Some are being told that an arraignment could occur as early as 9 a.m. tomorrow.

One of those under investigation is a police lieutenant assigned to Internal Affairs who is accused of leaking information about the investigation to police officers in the Bronx.

For months, NYPD officers and some union delegates have been the subject of an ongoing NYPD Internal Affairs and Bronx District Attorney’s office investigation.

In addition to allegations of fixing tickets, a few officers are also under scrutiny in connection with a drug investigation.

It is unclear if any drug charges will be added at Friday’s court appearances. Several civilians are also expected to face charges in that part of the investigation. A spokesman for Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson declined to comment as did an NYPD spokesman.

Spokesmen for the PBA and Sergeant’s Benevolent Association did not immediately comment.

The expected arrest of NYPD officers in the ticket-fixing scandal comes just days after officers in the 68th Precinct in Brooklyn were arrested in a separate gun-running investigation. Five current NYPD and three retired officers were charged.