Fortunato ‘Fred’ Perri Sr. pleads guilty in Traffic Court scandal

In a plea deal, he pleaded guilty to four charges in con­nec­tion with his time as ad­min­is­trat­ive judge at the city’s Traffic Court.

     For­tu­nato “Fred” Perri Sr., former ad­min­is­trat­ive judge of Phil­adelphia’s Traffic Court, today pleaded guilty to four counts in con­nec­tion with a tick­et-fix­ing scheme at the court.

     In a plea deal, Perri, 76, ad­mit­ted he was guilty of the charges brought by fed­er­al pro­sec­utors in Feb­ru­ary.

     Ac­cord­ing to the char­ging doc­u­ments, Perri re­ceived free auto re­pairs and tow­ing ser­vices for his car, along with gifts of un­spe­cified videos and sea­food in ex­change for the pref­er­en­tial treat­ment he ar­ranged for Henry P. “Ed­die” Al­fano, a South­w­est Phil­adelphia busi­ness­man and former po­lice of­ficer.

     Court-au­thor­ized in­ter­cep­ted phone calls re­vealed that Perri made it a pri­or­ity to as­sist Al­fano.

     U.S. Dis­trict Judge Robert Kelly told Perri from the bench that he could face up to 65 years in pris­on when he is sen­tenced on June 21.

     Later, As­sist­ant U.S. At­tor­ney Den­ise Wolf said there was noth­ing in the plea agree­ment that stip­u­lated Perri would be a co­oper­at­ing wit­ness and noth­ing that pre­cluded it. She also said he could face sen­ten­cing of house ar­rest or pro­ba­tion.

     Perri, who looked frail, has suffered two strokes with­in the last year, and shuffled out of the courtroom after en­ter­ing the plea. He leaned on his at­tor­ney, Bri­an Mc­Monagle, as he left.

     Perri was among 12 people who were charged by in­dict­ment or in­form­a­tion with the scan­dal at Traffic Court. He was among the jur­ists ac­cused of giv­ing pref­er­en­tial treat­ment to fam­ily mem­bers, friends and the polit­ic­ally con­nec­ted who came to court with tick­ets is­sued for mov­ing vi­ol­a­tions. ••




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