Hookers, hotels, jewelry, and expensive meals were on offer to three high-ranking NYPD officers from local business owners in order to secure favors. Described as heavy contributors to Mayor Bill de Blasio’s 2013 campaign, the business owners are reported to have procured a “private police force” through bribery.
The three officers were arrested on Monday and charged with bribery-related offenses, including honest services fraud.
NYPD Deputy Chief Michael Harrington, second from left, and his lawyer, Andrew Weinstein, right, leave Manhattan federal court in New York, Monday June 20, 2016, after Harrington was charged with conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud.
Jeremy Reichberg, a New York City diamond merchant, was also arrested and charged. Sources tell New York Daily News that Jona Rechnitz, said to be a financier in the Big Apple, also conspired to bribe NYPD officials for special treatment.
Brooklyn businessman Jeremy Reichberg, right, leaves Manhattan federal court in New York, Monday, June 20, 2016, after he was charged with showering New York Police Department officials with tens of thousands of dollars in bribes, including vacations, prostitutes and home improvements so that he could use the NYPD as his private police force.
Authorities allege that Reichberg purchased “ready access” to the highest levels of the NYPD. Examples of favors delivered by the police in exchange for bribes include the dispersal of persons promoting the business of a rival diamond retailer.
Reichberg flew one of the arrested officers and an NYPD detective to Las Vegas for the 2013 Super Bowl. The two were joined by a “high-end hooker” who reported that “her services” were utilized.
One of the charged officers enjoyed a $500-per-night hotel room in Rome - paid for by Rechnitz - during one of the charged officers’ vacations.
Other favors provided to Reichberg and his Hasidic Jewish friends included police escorts, assistance with private disputes, free security at religious sites, fixed tickets, and special access to parades and other cultural events.
Firearms permits were also for sale, with one officer allegedly helping to further their issuances in exchange for gifts.
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