Police

Forged Ticket Signatures Defended By Town

What's a little fraud between government officials?

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Riverdale Park, Maryland refuses to back down in the face of a class action lawsuit challenging the town to refund citations bearing the forged signature of a police officer. Between February 17, 2010 and April 3, 2010, citations were issued bearing the signature of Police Corporal Clayton Alford, even though Alford was on medical leave on those dates and could not have signed the tickets, as required under state law. Attorney Timothy P. Leahy, who filed the class action suit, blasted the town's conduct in papers filed with the Prince George's County Circuit Court on Monday.

"As far as I know no one has been fired and no charges have brought against anyone from Riverdale Park," Leahy told TheNewspaper. "It looks like Riverdale Park believes it can forge an officer's signature and there be no consequences."