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