NEW YORK — A former New York City police lieutenant, two former police officers and a counsel who once worked as a prosecutor were arrested in a sovereign gun chartering examine Tuesday as authorities described a fraud in which police employees traded rapid doing of gun permits for paid vacations, jewelry, catered parties, cash and visits to strip clubs.
According to justice papers, the trade of gun licenses for bribes stretched from at slightest 2010 to 2016. Authorities pronounced members of the NYPD License Division solicited and supposed bribes from people who charged business fees to secure gun licenses.
“The purported crime pervaded the permit multiplication up to its comparison level,” behaving U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Joon Kim pronounced Tuesday.
Among those charged was Paul Dean, a police major and the second-highest ranking member of the License Division when he retired in Jan 2016. He supervised about 40 uniformed police employees and had ultimate management to approve or reject licenses and upgrade requests, authorities said.
A rapist censure filed in Manhattan sovereign justice pronounced the former officers charged supposed bribes from a “gun permit expediters,” and in sell would “issue gun licenses to whoever the expediters brought them but question,” Kim said.
A rapist censure says Dean and another former officer, Robert Espinel, in 2015 “solicited and supposed food, alcohol, parties, dancers and prostitutes” from a gun permit “expediter.”
It was not immediately transparent who would represent Dean and Espinel at an afternoon justice appearance.
Also charged was John Chambers, an profession who worked from 1983 to 1985 as an partner district profession in the Brooklyn district attorney’s office.
According to a rapist complaint, Chambers marketed himself to intensity clients as the “Top Firearms Licensing Attorney in NY” and pronounced he specialized in interview, appeal, hearing, renewal, incident, or any other issue outset per gun licensing.
The censure pronounced he gave members of the NYPD License Division tickets to Broadway shows and sporting events; sports memorabilia; an $8,000 watch; and cash dark in magazines.
The counsel had clients on Long Island.
Attorney Barry Slotnick, representing Chambers, pronounced Chambers will beg not guilty to the charges, which embody conspiracy.
“He’s an glorious lawyer. We do trust that he has not finished anything inapt or wrong,” Slotnick said.
The arrests are partial of an ongoing examine that led to a shake-up of the NYPD’s chartering multiplication last year. In June, sovereign prosecutors charged two former members of the multiplication with swindling to dedicate bribery.
David Villanueva was accused of usurpation cash, wine and limo rides to pull by the capitulation of gun permit applications. Richard Ochetal pleaded guilty to the same claim and cooperated with sovereign investigators.
Tuesday, sovereign prosecutors announced Villanueva had also pleaded guilty along with Frank Soohoo, a gun permit expediter and former auxiliary member of the NYPD.
The examination launched a extensive examination and staffing changes at the gun permit division, NYPD commisioner James O’Neill pronounced Tuesday.