Gauley Bridge police officers plead guilty to writing fake tickets

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 FAYETTEVILLE, WV(AP) – Two brothers who were police officers in Gauley Bridge have admitted to fabricating warning citations for traffic stops.

Leonard Sean Whipkey of Hico and Heath Alan Whipkey of Summersville pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of alteration of a public record Thursday in Fayette County Magistrate Court. Both were fined $100 and placed on probation.

The brothers admitted to forging motorists’ signatures. The Charleston Gazette reports Heath Whipkey was paid overtime for a fake traffic stop as part of state funding for drunken driving patrols.

Sean Whipkey resigned in 2012 to work as a coal miner, while Heath Whipkey had still been working as an officer.  State Police Lt. E.E. Ashcraft declined to disclose how many times the brothers fabricated warning citations, citing an ongoing investigation.

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