SPEAKING IN their native Mandarin, two government witnesses testified through an interpreter that by paying a visit to a Chinatown translation-aid business, their pesky traffic tickets were downgraded in nearly seamless fashion.
In the 18th day of the federal corruption trial of six former Traffic Court judges and a businessman, federal prosecutors yesterday tried to show "the fix behind the scenes," as described by Assistant U.S. Attorney Denise Wolf. All seven defendants face conspiracy and fraud charges.
Wolf and Assistant U.S. Attorney Anthony Wzorek called two witnesses who spoke under immunity from prosecution in exchange for their testimony. Jin Jiang and Steven Cao, both of Chinatown, spoke of their business relationships with Robert Moy, 56, who is charged with using his personal and political connections with ex-Traffic Court judges to get tickets fixed for his clients.