Erik Michael Krause, Huntington Beach Cop, and Michael John Zannitto, Garden Grove Officer, Guilty of Conspiring to Fix Traffic Ticket
Krause would go on to submit a false declaration to the Huntington Beach Police Department requesting the citation be dismissed, writing, "Please dismiss in the interest of justice. No notes . . ." Actually, he'd written detailed notes on the original ticket.
Messages were exchanged between Krause and Zannitto, and Zannitto and the woman, indicating the matter had been taken care of, with the ticketed driver being further informed she would soon receive a refund for the citation payment. A Huntington Beach police lieutenant became suspicious and launched an investigation. Krause's declaration was never filed with the court, and the citation was dismissed because no response to her contesting the ticket was filed. Huntington Beach brass ultimately clued in the Garden Grove agency into the investigation, and both recommended the district attorney file criminal charges against the officers.
They were each convicted of one misdemeanor count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and are to be sentenced Jan. 25 in Westminster.
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