Trooper charged with writing fake tickets

The News Journal • August 13, 2008

DOVER – A 28-year-old state trooper has been indicted on 27 counts related to allegations that he wrote traffic summonses for imaginary motorists.

Cpl. Mark A. Wilson, of Georgetown, a seven-year veteran who worked out of Troop 7 in Lewes, is charged with 10 counts of tampering with public records, five counts of second-degree perjury and 12 counts of second-degree forgery. He’s free after posting unsecured bond of $6,750, but state police Superintendent Col. Thomas MacLeish said Wilson was suspended today without pay and benefits pending his dismissal.

MacLeish says his agency maintains no ticket-writing quotas, so it was not clear what Wilson hoped to gain by writing fictitious tickets, including several for driving under the influence of alcohol. He was indicted Monday by a Sussex County grand jury and arrested today on the basis of an investigation conducted by the state police traffic section after a routine review turned up discrepancies in paperwork filed by Wilson.

MacLeish said at a news conference at the State Police Museum in Dover that the charges stem from seven incidents dating back to June 2 of last year. After an exhaustive review of Wilson’s activities in the field, MacLeish said, his superiors are confident that no actual motorists were victimized by the fictitious paperwork.

One citation written by Wilson was issued to someone deceased, said Sgt. Joshua A. Bushweller, a state police spokesman.

“All the rest were completely falsified names that didn’t exist,” he said.

Bushweller said it’s still under investigation why Wilson did what he did.

“It had nothing to do with quotas,” he said. “Some of them involved extra duty assignments. It’s still under investigation whether he was present on those assignments or elsewhere.”
Reporter Terri Sanginiti contributed to this article. Contact her at 324-2771 or [replacer_a].