(Reuters) Nine current and former Philadelphia Traffic Court judges were indicted for fraud, conspiracy and other charges on Thursday in what federal prosecutors called a culture of ticket fixing.

A federal grand jury that was convened to hear evidence of the scheme said to involve judges, politicians and businessmen also indicted the court’s former director of records and two business owners.

“Those who seek to game the system by refusing to follow the rules need to be held accountable by the rule of law they swore to uphold,” U.S. Attorney Zane David Memeger said in a statement.

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