Businessman pleads guilty in Traffic Court case

Posted: May 23, 2014

NOW, IT'S just seven defendants who will face trial in federal court on accusations that they participated in a widespread ticket-fixing scheme in Philadelphia Traffic Court.

Businessman Henry "Eddie" Alfano, 68, pleaded guilty yesterday to charges of conspiracy and various counts of wire and mail fraud before U.S. District Judge Lawrence Stengel.

According to his plea memorandum, Alfano "commonly arranged to 'fix' traffic citations for his friends and business associates. To do so, Alfano used his longstanding connection to retired Traffic Court Judge Fortunato N. Perri, Sr."

Perri had pleaded guilty last year to his role in the scheme.

"In return for Perri's assistance with traffic citations, Alfano provided Perri, free of charge, with a stream of benefits, including free car repairs and maintenance, free towing, free videos and free seafood," the memorandum says.

The videos he gave Perri were porn.

Alfano, a former Philly cop, owns and runs a series of automotive-related companies, including Century Motors in Southwest Philadelphia. He is also the landlord for properties that house two gentlemen's clubs - the Oasis and Christine's Cabaret - and an adult-video store, Venus Video.

Meanwhile, jury selection concluded yesterday for the trial of the remaining defendants - six former Traffic Court judges and a Chinatown businessman.

Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday.

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