Former cops sentenced in utility theft case

A former Phil­adelphia po­lice of­ficer and North­east res­id­ent has been ordered to serve a county jail sen­tence fol­low­ing her re­cent con­vic­tion on theft charges re­lated to the tam­per­ing with util­ity meters at prop­er­ties she owned in part­ner­ship with an­oth­er ex-cop.

Aisha Perry, 55, main­tained her in­no­cence throughout her four-day tri­al last month and ap­peared as if she would avoid pris­on as Com­mon Pleas Court Judge Earl Trent presided over her sen­ten­cing hear­ing on Thursday, ac­cord­ing to pub­lished re­ports. But that was be­fore Perry launched a verbal at­tack at As­sist­ant Dis­trict At­tor­ney Terri Dom­sky, prompt­ing Trent to or­der that the former lieu­ten­ant serve six to 23 months be­hind bars and pay more than $10,000 in fines and resti­tu­tion.

In­deed, the same judged ordered Perry’s ac­com­plice, George Suarez, to serve six to 12 months of house ar­rest as well as a $1,000 fine. Suarez, 56, re­portedly apo­lo­gized for his crimes and has already paid close to $5,000 in resti­tu­tion to PECO.

Perry, mean­while, chose to use her com­ments to the court as an op­por­tun­ity to rail Dom­sky, call­ing the pro­sec­utor a “li­ar” and “jeal­ous of my life­style,” pub­lished re­ports said.

In May, a jury found Perry guilty of theft for tam­per­ing with the util­ity meters at her Winchester Park home and at a sub­stance ab­use re­hab fa­cil­ity near 19th Street and Gir­ard Av­en­ue that she co-owned with Suarez. Sim­il­arly, Suarez was con­victed of tam­per­ing with meters at Perry’s home, the same re­hab cen­ter and two oth­er prop­er­ties. The al­leg­a­tions first came to light in Septem­ber 2012. Both were ar­res­ted, charged and ul­ti­mately fired from the po­lice force.

Perry had served 31 years on the po­lice force, while Suarez had served 26 years. Trent ordered both to serve five years of re­port­ing pro­ba­tion fol­low­ing the com­ple­tion of their pris­on and house ar­rest terms. ••

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