Details emerge in cop corruption case

By J. Patrick Pepper
Times-Herald Newspapers


DEARBORN — A 20-year-old resident waived a preliminary examination of the evidence against him last week on charges that he conspired with a city police officer in a ticket-fixing scheme.


At his March 20 appearance in 19th District Court, Hassan Hojaije, facing more than 10 years in prison, also reaffirmed that he would be cooperating with investigators. The case now will be sent to Wayne County Circuit Court.


Co-defendant Cpl. Alex Ramirez’ preliminary hearing was adjourned until Friday, but an apparent scheduling conflict on Ramirez’ attorney’s part pushed the hearing back again. It has been rescheduled for May 1.


Ramirez is accused of having Hojaije contact people who were issued traffic tickets to see if they would pay a bribe to have the tickets disappear. While prosecutors are apprehensive to put specifics on the case because the investigation isn’t complete, they believe the scam could have gone on daily for up to six months, with the bribes around $200 apiece.


Meanwhile, Dearborn police Cpl. Gino Soave is scheduled for a briefing conference in 40th District Court in St. Clair Shores April 7 in relation to a tax fraud case pending against him.


The Michigan Attorney General’s Office has alleged that Soave, 42, failed to pay$12,000 in taxes by underreporting the sale price of his $285,000 54-foot boat, the Bada Bing V.