Every once in a while the good guy wins.
ATLANTIC CITY — An Atlantic County jury today returned a verdict
totaling $250,000.00 in favor of New Jersey State Trooper Jaime
Ablett after finding that he was the subject of a false accusation
of wrongdoing, his attorney announced via press release.
According to to Colin G. Bell, Esquire of the firm Hankin Sandman &
Palladino, the facts at trial established that on May 2, 2009, Mr.
Ablett left a wedding reception at the 5 Points Inn in Buena Vista
Township in a vehicle driven by his wife. Mr. Ablett’s car was
involved in an accident when a vehicle driven by Dana Scarpine lost
control, spun out and slammed into the driver’s side door where Mrs.
Ablett was sitting. Both Mr. and Mrs. Ablett suffered injuries as a
result of the accident.
According to Bell, the jury found that an acquaintance of Ms.
Scarpine’s, Kristen McGee of Vineland, who was working at the 5
Points that evening but did not witness the accident, later falsely
claimed that Mr. Ablett was the actual driver of the vehicle and
switched seats with his wife after the accident. On May 29, 2009,
her father, Dennis McGee of Vineland, called the New Jersey State
Office of Professional Standards. During a recorded phone call, he
reported that Mr. Ablett was intoxicated, was “flagged” at the bar
due to his high level of intoxication, and that Kristen McGee had
actually observed Mr. Ablett switch seats with his wife after the
As a result, the State Police conducted an internal affairs
investigation of Mr. Ablett, according to Bell. After a year long
investigation into the incident, the State Police found the
accusation “unfounded” and cleared Mr. Ablett of any wrongdoing.
Eyewitness testimony at the trial demonstrated that Mr. Ablett was
not intoxicated, was not “flagged,” and did not switch seats after
the accident. The jury’s verdict confirmed that Mr. Ablett had
proven that the accusations against him were false. The jury further
awarded damages of $25,000 against Kristen McGee and $225,000
against Dennis McGee.