“Three high-ranking officers in the NYPD acted as “cops on call” for two deep-pocketed de Blasio donors — as long as their “elves” plied them with gifts and bankrolled a highflying lifestyle that included hookers, free hotels and expensive meals.
Deputy Chief Michael Harrington, Deputy Inspector James Grant and Sgt. David Villanueva were arrested Monday, the latest development in a far-reaching bribery scandal that has also snared longtime correction officers union leader Norman Seabrook.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, who is coordinating several overlapping city, state and federal probes into NYPD top brass and several well-heeled businessmen, said the cops acted as a “private police force” in exchange for gifts, bribes and perks worth more than $100,000.
Harrington, a senior chief in the NYPD’s Housing Bureau, and Grant, the commanding officer of the 19th Precinct on the Upper East Side, were charged with conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud.
Those same charges were levied against Brooklyn diamond merchant and businessman Jeremy Reichberg, who was also arrested.
Villanueva, assigned to the gun license bureau, allegedly helped push through weapons permits in exchange for gifts and was arrested on charges of conspiring to commit bribery.
“They [Reichberg and friends] got, in effect … cops on call,” said Bharara.
The four arrests were another black eye for the NYPD, which has suffered months of embarrassing revelations while also putting Mayor de Blasio on the spot for his campaign financing.”
Yeah, these scumbags are some real heroes
Read on and see what their relatives have to say
“Grant and Harrington were released on $250,000 bond. Villanueva pleaded not guilty at his arraignment Monday afternoon, and was slated to be released on a $200,000 personal bond. Reichberg was slated to be released with a $500,000 bond.
“James is one of the most upstanding men you will ever meet,” said a relative of Grant, who declined to give her name. “The man that he was he is never going to be again.”
Another relative became irate at the media, and told a reporter who asked about the charges, “May your wife be raped by many people.”
Wow! Just amazing seeing how it is more likely that his pretty boy relative is going to be the one most likely to be raped
Hopefully on the inside someone is going to find out who these scumbags are and snuff them out
There are few things worse in this life than a petty tyrant and these scumbags need to get the end that tyrants get