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A Delaware state police trooper is facing 27 felony charges for allegedly submitting forged paperwork involving fictitious traffic stops, authorities said Wednesday.State police said Cpl. Mark Wilson of Troop 7 in Lewes was arrested Wednesday, two days after being indicted by a Sussex County grand jury.
Wilson, 28, of Georgetown, is charged with 10 counts of tampering with public records, five counts of perjury and 12 counts of forgery. He was arraigned and released on a $6,750 secured bond.
Wilson's attorney, Eugene Maurer, declined to comment today.
Police superintendent Col. Thomas MacLeish said Wilson, a 7-year veteran of the force, has been suspended without pay and faces dismissal.
MacLeish said the indictment stems from a state police investigation that began in late June after a standard internal review of traffic tickets Wilson wrote.
The review found discrepancies in documents Wilson submitted, including electronic traffic summonses, written traffic summonses, Department of Motor Vehicle forms and overtime slips. A further inquiry determined that Wilson may have forged official documents, and he was placed on paid leave June 30 until the investigation was completed.
According to MacLeish, Wilson may have falsified documents on seven separate occasions dating to June 2007. In one case, a summons was issue to a dead person, said state police spokesman Sgt. Joshua Bushweller. In other cases, no record of the person could be found.
MacLeish said there was no evidence that anyone had been victimized, adding that he didn't know what Wilson's motive may have been.
"What benefit that Mr. Wilson saw in this, I have no idea," he said.
While troopers must account for their patrol time, MacLeish said there is no ticket quota.
MacLeish said Wilson's actions "are not indicative of the caliber of the men and women who wear this uniform." But his arrest is the latest in a series of incidents that have resulted in negative publicity.
Last month, officials acknowledged in response to a lawsuit that former Capt. John Laird was suspended last year and subsequently retired after having an affair with a civilian police employee, which was allegedly encouraged by Laird's wife.
Last week, Maj. Harry Downes Jr., a member of MacLeish's executive staff, was ordered to surrender his badge and gun while police investigate him for alleged misconduct.
 
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