Jay-Z’s Driver Investigated in NYPD Ticket Fixing Scandal
A week after he found himself in hot water over a Washington, D.C. internal affairs investigation into the use of unauthorized police escorts, the New York Daily News reports that Jay-Z has come under similar scrutiny by the NYPD.
Close to 40 police officers are being investigated by the NYPD's internal affairs department for ticket fixing, a longstanding practice of preferential treatment offered to celebs and City Council members, according to the Daily News' sources.
Internal affairs is currently examining traffic tickets given to New York Yankee Alex Rodriguez, former Yankee owner George Steinbrenner, ex-Knick Raymond Felton and Jay-Z's driver, who was caught speeding on Manhattan's West Side Highway, but found his ticket miraculously dismissed when the NYPD "lost" his paperwork.
"It was very easy for a big name to walk away from a summons," a police source told the paper. "[Celebrities] have contacts everywhere. There's an eagerness to help because of who they are."
The investigation comes fresh on the heals of a similar case, where the NYPD is accused of providing hip-hop mogul Diddy with an unauthorized police escort from New York City to New Jersey, after a performance at Manhattan's Hammerstein Ballroom in April.
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