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Brooklyn, NY - Report: FBI Money Laundering Probe With Link To Charedi Police Buff Leads To Potentially Widespread NYPD Scandal

Published on: April 5, 2016 10:01 AM
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Wiretaps on Reichbergs phone led the feds to then-NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks and,, corrections union president Norman Seabrook, and 66PCt Community Affairs Officer Michael MiliciWiretaps on Reichbergs phone led the feds to then-NYPD Chief of Department Philip Banks and,, corrections union president Norman Seabrook, and 66PCt Community Affairs Officer Michael Milici

Brooklyn, NY - A high ranking NYPD official with close connections to the Jewish community has been placed on modified duty after refusing to answer questions from a grand jury.  The grand jury investigation is linked to an FBI money laundering probe that involves several prominent members of the NYPD.

Community Affairs Officer Michael Milici of the 66th Precinct was called on Monday before a grand jury that was investigating whether police officers accepted gifts in exchange for favors, which is prohibited by the NYPD. After invoking his Fifth Amendment rights and refusing to testify, Milici was removed from active duty and stripped of his badge and gun as reported by The Daily News.

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Milici’s lawyer, Patrick Parrotta denied that his client had accepted any gifts.

Numerous members of the NYPD have been called in for questioning, most of whom are said not to be targets of the investigation.  Among those who have been questioned by the FBI are three deputy chiefs and the head of the Upper East Side’s 19th Precinct.

Sources told the New York Post that the FBI launched an initial money laundering investigation that into a business deal involving NYPD chaplain and businessman Jeremy Reichberg, a prominent Jewish real estate developer and a third party that went sour, with large sums of money being lost.  Wiretaps on the two businessmen’s phones showed close relationships with several high members of the NYPD including former Chief of Department Philip Banks III and Norman Seabrook, president of the New York City Correction Officer’s Benevolent Association, prompting the second investigation which targeted members of the NYPD.

Both men also have close ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio and served on his inaugural committee.

Sources said that NYPD officers may have received trips including paid vacations in exchange for doing favors for the two businessmen, including providing police escorts for Jewish funerals.

The real estate developer reportedly paid for a portion of several trips made by Banks and Seabrook to various locations, according to sources.  The four men also traveled to Israel together in 2014, with the real estate developer covering the cost of both men’s airfare and Seabrook’s hotel bill.  Banks and Seabrook reciprocated with a $5,000 custom made Israeli backgammon set as a thank you gift.

Neither Banks nor Reichberg could be reached for comment regarding the investigation. Seabrook said that there was no quid pro quo in reference to the 2014 Israel trip and that he had done nothing wrong.


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 Apr 05, 2016 at 10:14 AM Oy Vey Says:

Here we go again.....

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 10:19 AM Anonymous Says:

Common practice in Ramapo also. St. Lawrence had an all paid trip to several foreign countries to "study" how the Chasidim live.

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 10:30 AM ChareidiMan Says:

OMG it was just a matter of time before all this happens.

before you label me "a self hating Jew", keep in mind that I love my fellow Jews, but it is disgusting to see how some in our community just all over these "officials" almost like slaves and little children.
remember, none of these guys love you, they are there for you as long as they get something in return. It is well known that a lot of the NYPD and other officials are invited to houses of Jewish houses to drink and party, and it is so disgusting. These people laugh at you when they leave your house.

Lets stop this nonsense and STOP TRUSTING ANYONE!

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 10:43 AM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

who is the real estate developer that paid for this? was it the same ones that took de bozo to Israel last year?

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 10:59 AM BuckyinWisconsin Says:

Lovely...more Hasidic shenanigans. Anther Chillul Hashem in the making Cv's. If people were educated properly to make an honest living, you would not see this as much.

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 11:04 AM OscarMadison Says:

Shanda of the day!

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 11:52 AM Hard working man Says:

Naftali I agree with you that education needs major improvement in the heimisha community's but this argument is irrelevant to this story! It's not a Medicad fraud etc. kind of case, it's simply power and politiacl coropption here. Just look at this weeks major world news story of multiple major world leaders involved in corruption. I assume they are well educated. Keep your mind focus on the issues!

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 12:35 PM RocklandRes Says:

A five thousand dollar backgammon set. Betcha it's a really nice one.

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 01:31 PM Maven Says:

# 7 who ever you are. You are an opportunist trying to push your twisted agenda.

A crook is a crook is a crook. Only an uneducated trouble maker would think that this has to do with not having a secular education.

The list is endless of Harvard grads on Wall street who stole millions and billions.
You should be ignored.

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 02:03 PM savtat Says:

There are many ways to go off the derech.

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 02:30 PM StevenWright Says:

Reply to #5  
BuckyinWisconsin Says:

Lovely...more Hasidic shenanigans. Anther Chillul Hashem in the making Cv's. If people were educated properly to make an honest living, you would not see this as much.

Feel it's important to specify Hasidic? Looks like you were educated very properly.

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 02:32 PM MMNSY Says:

Irrelevant comment. nice try

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 05:00 PM Yossi Says:

Reply to #3  
ChareidiMan Says:

OMG it was just a matter of time before all this happens.

before you label me "a self hating Jew", keep in mind that I love my fellow Jews, but it is disgusting to see how some in our community just all over these "officials" almost like slaves and little children.
remember, none of these guys love you, they are there for you as long as they get something in return. It is well known that a lot of the NYPD and other officials are invited to houses of Jewish houses to drink and party, and it is so disgusting. These people laugh at you when they leave your house.

Lets stop this nonsense and STOP TRUSTING ANYONE!

Your comment is so stupid because you really have NO idea how realtionships work. We have many great officers in the 66,70,90 and other precient's who have after many years built a relationship with the local Askunim of its neighborhoods.
It is very important to have this relationship because the Askunim knows what the residents need , should it be a Sefer Torah, Chasene, Levyeh r"L , or any community function those officers work very closely with the community to arrange all functions in a safe way. There is nothing and absolutely nothing wrong with inviting a Captain, Sergeant, Lieutenant and Community officer over to a Askens home after working hours , may it be Pirim or Succos or any other private party.
Mr. Mike Millici was a Community Affairs officer for over 27 years in the 66 pct.
and he served our community very loyal and fair. He never solicited or pressured any merchants for favors or handouts and I am sure he will be returned to his position once this whole investigation will uncover.
It is in every residents interest that our Police officers who protect us should not be bashed or shamed by its neighborhood residents.

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 05:07 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
BuckyinWisconsin Says:

Lovely...more Hasidic shenanigans. Anther Chillul Hashem in the making Cv's. If people were educated properly to make an honest living, you would not see this as much.

really?!?! Madoff was an undereducated Chasidic jew. so on and so forth. crooks come in all shapes, colors and sizes. Oh, and most cops are honest! ahem!! or maybe they are Chasidic too. never saw an article labeled "blacks did......" Al Sharpton would be there in a flash

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 06:06 PM moshe Says:

Reply to #3  
ChareidiMan Says:

OMG it was just a matter of time before all this happens.

before you label me "a self hating Jew", keep in mind that I love my fellow Jews, but it is disgusting to see how some in our community just all over these "officials" almost like slaves and little children.
remember, none of these guys love you, they are there for you as long as they get something in return. It is well known that a lot of the NYPD and other officials are invited to houses of Jewish houses to drink and party, and it is so disgusting. These people laugh at you when they leave your house.

Lets stop this nonsense and STOP TRUSTING ANYONE!

nobody laughs from being invited to someone's house.you are a sicko who probably would abuse any person to get a favor from and then spit in their face.
why do you think a police officer would laugh off a home he just visited.the person he just visited might be there for you when c"v you need the service of a police officer. Seyog Lechochme Shteeka

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 Apr 05, 2016 at 10:55 PM Micka Says:

Reply to #2  
Anonymous Says:

Common practice in Ramapo also. St. Lawrence had an all paid trip to several foreign countries to "study" how the Chasidim live.

Yeah thats what 'Lobbying' is, all elected officials partake in this disgusting but very much legal behavior (I won't even talk about insider trading that goes on in congress...). So why do you think here it's any less legal?

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