Deputy DA Quits After Conviction in Ticket-Fixing Scandal

Allison Worden faces time behind bars for dodging a seat belt citation

By R. Stickney
|  Wednesday, Feb 20, 2013  |  Updated 2:12 PM PDT
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Accused Ticket-Fixing Employees Avoid Arraignment

Allison Worden, who also uses the last name Debow, in an earlier interview with NBC 7 San Diego.

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Accused in Ticket-Fixing Scandal

Accusations that a San Diego police officer fixed traffic tickets for some county employees are the latest in a series of misconduct allegations against officers in the San Diego Police Department.

Accused Ticket-Fixing Employees Avoid Arraignment

The former police sergeant with the traffic division Kevin Friedman and a current deputy district attorney Allison Worden were scheduled to be arraigned in court downtown on Wednesday.
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The San Diego Deputy District Attorney convicted in a ticket-fixing scandal has resigned according to a department spokesperson.

Allison Worden was on administrative leave during her trial on three misdemeanor counts including conspiracy to obstruct justice and alteration or destruction of a traffic citation.

Worden was cited by an SDPD for failing to wear a seat belt on May 28, 2011. She called her friend,

Sgt. Kevin Friedman,

at the San Diego Police Traffic Division.


According to investigators, Friedman found the tickets in the division’s citation bin and got rid of them.

Less than a week after her conviction on all counts, Worden resigned her position effective Feb. 28 according to department spokesperson Steve Walker.

Worden was scheduled to be sentenced Wednesday in a downtown San Diego courtroom.

Defense attorney Paul Pfingst requested the sentencing be postponed for two weeks. Judge Louis Hanoian granted the request.

In March 2012, Friedman retired from the SDPD after more than 26 years of service.

In May, he pleaded no contest to one count of destroying a traffic citation.

He was sentenced to 40 hours of community service, two years of probation and ordered to pay a $500 fine.

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