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New York - NYPD Corruption Probe Widens: 3 Reassigned For Taking Bribes In Exchange For Gun Permits

Published on: April 18, 2016 03:16 PM
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New York - Administrative action has been taken against three more members of the NYPD today as part of the joint ongoing federal investigation by the FBI and the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

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A memo released by NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said that Deputy Inspector Michael Endall, Sergeant David Villanueva and Police Officer Richard Ochetal, all of the NYPD’s License Division which deals with handgun licensing, have been transferred from their positions.

According to Wall Street Journal reports, the three were bribed by a Brooklyn man to issue 150 gun permits, which he then tried to sell. That individual was arrested today and charged with bribery and conspiracy to commit bribery.

Deputy Inspector Endall has been reassigned to an administrative position pending further review.  Sergeant Villanueva and Officer Ochetal have both been placed on modified assignment.


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 Apr 18, 2016 at 03:28 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

so with all the talk of taking "illegal" guns off the streets seems like having the NYPD in charge makes even legal guns dangerous.

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 Apr 18, 2016 at 04:10 PM Pragmatist Says:

The problem with NYC gun permits is that it's a subjective and arbitrary process. You stand a better chance of getting a permit if you know a "macher", a politician or a police "higher up". The solution is to allow any law abiding citizen that doesn't have a criminal record or mental issues and can pass a competency test or something similar to get a license. Most states have this procedure and it works. To the naysayers I say; no, it doesn't increase crime: law abiding citizens don't commit crimes, criminals commit crimes, and they can get guns regardless of the most restrictive laws..

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 Apr 18, 2016 at 04:14 PM Benny Says:

Why can't law abiding citizens get a permit normal way?
Why do they need to use a services of "representation" to NYP?
In NJ laws are not so corrupt, you just go to your local Police Department and ask for a permit.
"Great" NY! A Dumpster with corrupt laws and a bunch of liberals!

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 Apr 18, 2016 at 05:04 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
Pragmatist Says:

The problem with NYC gun permits is that it's a subjective and arbitrary process. You stand a better chance of getting a permit if you know a "macher", a politician or a police "higher up". The solution is to allow any law abiding citizen that doesn't have a criminal record or mental issues and can pass a competency test or something similar to get a license. Most states have this procedure and it works. To the naysayers I say; no, it doesn't increase crime: law abiding citizens don't commit crimes, criminals commit crimes, and they can get guns regardless of the most restrictive laws..

Well said!

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 Apr 18, 2016 at 05:05 PM Secular Says:

Reply to #3  
Benny Says:

Why can't law abiding citizens get a permit normal way?
Why do they need to use a services of "representation" to NYP?
In NJ laws are not so corrupt, you just go to your local Police Department and ask for a permit.
"Great" NY! A Dumpster with corrupt laws and a bunch of liberals!

Law abiding citizens CAN and Do get pistol permits. In NYC, however it's a long process, often times about six months.

Remember: "If guns are outlawed, only outlaws will carry guns."

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 Apr 18, 2016 at 05:52 PM Aloofknaz Says:

There is a difference between a permit to own a gun, and a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Most States make it difficult to obtain a "carry" permit.

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 Apr 18, 2016 at 05:58 PM bennyt Says:

VIN Editors - If you publish the names of the officers who were reassigned and not even arrested yet, why don't you publish the name of the individual who was arrested - Shaya Lichtenstein?

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 Apr 18, 2016 at 07:14 PM enlightened-yid Says:

Sounds like the days for Shomrim behaving like they own NYC is coming to an end. There is no way bribery to get 150 gun permits by a Shomrim official will go away quietly when it's the FBI on your tail. Antisemitism accusations doesn't phase DOJ employees. The FBI with Preet Brahara is cleaning up house in NY and the NYPD fat white shirts don't know where to hide. Someone will end up doing many years in prison. The Feds are especially rough on gun laws and government bribery. In recent yeas our pious community leaders were working hard to establish kosher meals with corrections department. But they don't serve shmurah matzoh in federal prisons.

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 Apr 18, 2016 at 07:24 PM Davideinhorn Says:

When's friedlander gonna write an article about how the fbi discriminates against the Jewish community?

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 Apr 18, 2016 at 08:19 PM gimmeabreak Says:

"a Brooklyn man"?? Come on VIN editors. Man up, take your editorial head out of the sand and identify ALL of the accused (you certainly know who they are) or none. And, what about the related story of two other "Brooklyn men" who are accused of providing private jet service, complete with a curvah, to Las Vegas for top police brass.

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 Apr 18, 2016 at 08:21 PM LionofZion Says:

Had to go to the NY Post to see a neighbor get arrested. So sad.
If there are so many Frum wannabes they should join the police and do something worthwhile.
It is getting hard to imagine there will not be a backlash that hurts us all.

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 Apr 18, 2016 at 08:39 PM gimmeabreak Says:

We live in the age of world wide electronic media and instant communication of everything, everywhere. Ignoring problems within the community here does not mean that they will be unknown to those outside. These stories are being widely covered in great detail by the NY Daily News, the NY Post and and other widely seen "non-frum" outlets, and they reflect on us all.

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 Apr 18, 2016 at 08:41 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #9  
Davideinhorn Says:

When's friedlander gonna write an article about how the fbi discriminates against the Jewish community?

In the meantime why don't you tell us,... how do they do that?

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 Apr 18, 2016 at 10:38 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
LionofZion Says:

Had to go to the NY Post to see a neighbor get arrested. So sad.
If there are so many Frum wannabes they should join the police and do something worthwhile.
It is getting hard to imagine there will not be a backlash that hurts us all.

They wannabe but no macher wants to be there when the bullets start flying.

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 Apr 19, 2016 at 12:44 AM Anonymous Says:

what about the sex crimes unit? arent they a bunch of jew hating intimidators? i hear they enforce the gender separation code

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 Apr 19, 2016 at 10:31 AM RocklandRes Says:

Not to mention who got those150 illegal gun permits? Good times ahead.

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 Apr 19, 2016 at 10:48 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
RocklandRes Says:

Not to mention who got those150 illegal gun permits? Good times ahead.

Monsey borichim got some.

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