Philly prosecutor charged in scheme
PHILADELPHIA — A high-ranking Philadelphia prosecutor was arrested on Friday in an alleged scheme to first help a boyfriend in a stolen car case, then seek revenge after their breakup.
Lynn Nichols, assistant chief of the homicide unit, resigned after 22 years with the District Attorney's Office and surrendered to police.
According to investigators, she had a car removed from a database of stolen vehicles last year. Months later, after breaking up with her boyfriend, she allegedly went to the vehicle owner's home, where they together called 911 and said the vehicle had been stolen that day.
Nichols then told local police in New Jersey where to find it — but authorities said the car's condition made it clear it had been sitting for longer than a day.
When investigators called the owner about the discrepancy, the woman said she had never met Nichols until the prosecutor came to her house and told her to file a new stolen-car report.
The state Attorney General's Office, which investigated because of the conflict within Nichols' office, charged her with filing a false police report and obstruction of justice. Her lawyer did not return a call.
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