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Brooklyn, NY - Report: Gun Permit Scandal Leads Investigators To Possible Large Scale Corruption In The 66th Precinct

Published on: April 19, 2016 10:43 PM
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Brooklyn, NY - An investigation into a bribes for gun licenses scandal has expanded even further, calling into question the integrity of the entire command structure at the 66th Precinct which encompasses Borough Park and parts of Flatbush.

As previously reported on VIN News, Sergeant David Villanueva and Officer Richard Ochetal were stripped of their guns and badges yesterday and placed on modified duty for their part in the scheme, with Deputy Inspector Michael Endall reassigned to an administrative position.  All three worked in the NYPD’s licensing division and are accused of giving Alex Lichtenstein gun permits in exchange for $6,000 without performing any background checks.

According to WCBS News, the 44 year old Lichtenstein allegedly resold 150 gun permits for $18,000 each, with some of those sales taking place in the 66th Precinct.

Lichtenstein, a former member of Borough Park Shomrim who now lives in Rockland County, became the target of a police investigation after allegedly trying to bribe a police officer one month ago.

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The incident was reported to the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau, with investigators discovering a permit purchased in 2013 using Lichtenstein’s credit that ended up in the hands of a man with an extensive criminal record.

Lichtenstein was arraigned Monday in U.S. District Court on bribery and conspiracy charges and is out on $500,000 bond.  If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

With 150 illegally issued gun permits on the streets, police are scrambling to try to locate the unlawfully obtained firearms.  Retired NYPD Detective Sergeant Joseph Giacalone described the process as “a huge undertaking.”

Other members of the licensing division are also reportedly under investigation and more arrests are expected.  Sources said that investigators are looking into the affairs of two retired members of the NYPD who may be of interest, one of whom may have been running a side consulting business, offering advice on how to obtain a gun permit.

The Internal Affairs Bureau is reportedly looking into the way gun permits are allocated and is expected to make recommendations on how to create tighter controls in the permit process.


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 Apr 19, 2016 at 11:17 PM pinay Says:

What happened to the 2nd amendment? NY should be a shall issue state and law people wouldn't have to jump through hoops to get what the rest of this country gets as a matter of right.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 12:16 AM nat101 Says:

When the Feds are out to get the yidden and use hundreds of FBI agents to track every move and "by chance" 'scandals' are being discovered, its time to daven!

They get the jews and the Police who they (the white house) hate in one swoop.
At the same time, their communities, full of drugs and murder etc etc etc, and they are roaming the streets, and we are the bad guys.

I am not saying that the police and their friends in this story are right. I am saying there is humongous misappropriation of justice aimed at us with motives other than obeying the law. According to law, if they target you illegally (but they lost all the evidence against them in a server crash) they can't prosecute.

Welcome to the USSR of 1950!

Yidden! Hashem hut intz gevizen nissim asach mool. Rasts ahn mit tfilos!
VeHee ShUmduh laVoiseinee!

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 07:02 AM LionofZion Says:

#2, we are bad guys. Every day we are in the paper. We have engaged in terrible things, bribing people, corrupting people, getting guns to people who should not have them, stealing money from charities, taking bribes. And these are all "Frum" people. Some Chasidish, some not, but all supposedly Shomer Shabbos. Hashem is looking down and yelling "what is wrong with you people!"

Instead of making excuses we should start behaving and we should raise our expectations to our fellow Jews that they follow the laws as well. This stuff is all crazy! Things can be very good here if you just work and live a decent lifestyle.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 07:25 AM Phineas Says:

Reply to #2  
nat101 Says:

When the Feds are out to get the yidden and use hundreds of FBI agents to track every move and "by chance" 'scandals' are being discovered, its time to daven!

They get the jews and the Police who they (the white house) hate in one swoop.
At the same time, their communities, full of drugs and murder etc etc etc, and they are roaming the streets, and we are the bad guys.

I am not saying that the police and their friends in this story are right. I am saying there is humongous misappropriation of justice aimed at us with motives other than obeying the law. According to law, if they target you illegally (but they lost all the evidence against them in a server crash) they can't prosecute.

Welcome to the USSR of 1950!

Yidden! Hashem hut intz gevizen nissim asach mool. Rasts ahn mit tfilos!
VeHee ShUmduh laVoiseinee!

get a grip

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 07:53 AM Anonymous Says:

So being Jewish is an excuse to put guns in the hands of criminals? Being Jewish means you can bribe public officials.
And when you get caught - scream anti-Semetism
Pathetic

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 08:09 AM ChareidiMan Says:

Reply to #2  
nat101 Says:

When the Feds are out to get the yidden and use hundreds of FBI agents to track every move and "by chance" 'scandals' are being discovered, its time to daven!

They get the jews and the Police who they (the white house) hate in one swoop.
At the same time, their communities, full of drugs and murder etc etc etc, and they are roaming the streets, and we are the bad guys.

I am not saying that the police and their friends in this story are right. I am saying there is humongous misappropriation of justice aimed at us with motives other than obeying the law. According to law, if they target you illegally (but they lost all the evidence against them in a server crash) they can't prosecute.

Welcome to the USSR of 1950!

Yidden! Hashem hut intz gevizen nissim asach mool. Rasts ahn mit tfilos!
VeHee ShUmduh laVoiseinee!

What are you talking about? The feds are NOT out to get yidden, they are out to get people that break the law! You are somehow justifying what this man did as correct, this guy provided guns for the lowest of the low and provided an illegal service and a dangerous way of getting guns into the hand of the unqualified.

I know 3 of the guys he supplied guns to, and I will vouch that i am uncomfortable with all three of them having a gun.

Wake up and smell the coffee! This has nothing to do with being a yid, only a fool would think this way. If this would be a Muslim you would praise the feds for catching them. This is a criminal act and the government is protecting us

Stop the foolish thinking you were grown up with and start thinking like a human being. You do the crime, you do the time!

Are you comfortable with a guy that the entire community knows beats his wife up for over 10 years, got her into a drug addiction, was arrested multiple times and much more, such a guy should have a gun?

Another guy that was arrested numerous times for DWI and threating people, such a guy should have a gun? who do you think he gave guns to, to kolel guys? #shameful

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 08:23 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #2  
nat101 Says:

When the Feds are out to get the yidden and use hundreds of FBI agents to track every move and "by chance" 'scandals' are being discovered, its time to daven!

They get the jews and the Police who they (the white house) hate in one swoop.
At the same time, their communities, full of drugs and murder etc etc etc, and they are roaming the streets, and we are the bad guys.

I am not saying that the police and their friends in this story are right. I am saying there is humongous misappropriation of justice aimed at us with motives other than obeying the law. According to law, if they target you illegally (but they lost all the evidence against them in a server crash) they can't prosecute.

Welcome to the USSR of 1950!

Yidden! Hashem hut intz gevizen nissim asach mool. Rasts ahn mit tfilos!
VeHee ShUmduh laVoiseinee!

very sad but nobody wants to hear, you are the button but we are in our own world more mony house car more and more and a little more

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 08:42 AM Sociologist Says:

Reply to #2  
nat101 Says:

When the Feds are out to get the yidden and use hundreds of FBI agents to track every move and "by chance" 'scandals' are being discovered, its time to daven!

They get the jews and the Police who they (the white house) hate in one swoop.
At the same time, their communities, full of drugs and murder etc etc etc, and they are roaming the streets, and we are the bad guys.

I am not saying that the police and their friends in this story are right. I am saying there is humongous misappropriation of justice aimed at us with motives other than obeying the law. According to law, if they target you illegally (but they lost all the evidence against them in a server crash) they can't prosecute.

Welcome to the USSR of 1950!

Yidden! Hashem hut intz gevizen nissim asach mool. Rasts ahn mit tfilos!
VeHee ShUmduh laVoiseinee!

and think of all the time and money that has been spent to fabricate these scandals.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 09:27 AM RocklandRes Says:

Reply to #1  
pinay Says:

What happened to the 2nd amendment? NY should be a shall issue state and law people wouldn't have to jump through hoops to get what the rest of this country gets as a matter of right.

More like what happened to your use of English?

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 09:43 AM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

The police in the 66th are the most corrupt in the city and mostly the commanders are Italian since they live familial ties to Bensonhurst though they always live on Staten Island. Once the cops start talking to avoid jail, Yidden will be scooped up by the van full or minyan full.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 10:13 AM ekares Says:

Reply to #3  
LionofZion Says:

#2, we are bad guys. Every day we are in the paper. We have engaged in terrible things, bribing people, corrupting people, getting guns to people who should not have them, stealing money from charities, taking bribes. And these are all "Frum" people. Some Chasidish, some not, but all supposedly Shomer Shabbos. Hashem is looking down and yelling "what is wrong with you people!"

Instead of making excuses we should start behaving and we should raise our expectations to our fellow Jews that they follow the laws as well. This stuff is all crazy! Things can be very good here if you just work and live a decent lifestyle.

Well said and 100% correct. The Yidden participating in such illegal behavior should be ashamed.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 11:25 AM Realist77 Says:

There is no anisemitism here. They broke the law and got caught. The reason Jews are in the news daily is because they continue to break the law. Shtick that worked in Yeshiva does not work in the real world. This person made 2.7 million dollars off the licensed he obtained and sold illegally. It really is quite simple to avoid being under the FBI's radar, be honest. Honest law abiding citizens do not get investigated nor indicted by law enforcement.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 11:44 AM BoruchHoffinger Says:

Reply to #1  
pinay Says:

What happened to the 2nd amendment? NY should be a shall issue state and law people wouldn't have to jump through hoops to get what the rest of this country gets as a matter of right.

I agree. I was hit in the head by a brick in the '1991 Crown Heights Pogrom.' NYC Government abandoned me, my family and friends, (all taxpayers also) to a hoard of wild animals. I want a gun....i don't trust government. Read about it. This 'pogrom' was the first U.S. Government's support of the murder of Jews.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 10:02 AM Anonymous Says:

Hopefully this will be a huge huge wake up call to all of those that somehow think that being close with NYPD or any other officials serves them in any capacity.

The NYPD has no royalty to you whatsoever, even though they smile at you and take your bribes and money. Do your really think they will back you when the curtain falls on them? Do you think they like you? Do you think that without the illegal actions they would look at you? of course not! only a fool can think that way and then when the **** hits the fan, you will be all alone and they will turn on you in a NY minute!

Instead of being busy with this nonsense and making 1.8 million dollars this way, go out and get a job and educate yourself, because what goes around, comes around and its not pretty at the end!

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 11:46 AM Esther Says:

Reply to #2  
nat101 Says:

When the Feds are out to get the yidden and use hundreds of FBI agents to track every move and "by chance" 'scandals' are being discovered, its time to daven!

They get the jews and the Police who they (the white house) hate in one swoop.
At the same time, their communities, full of drugs and murder etc etc etc, and they are roaming the streets, and we are the bad guys.

I am not saying that the police and their friends in this story are right. I am saying there is humongous misappropriation of justice aimed at us with motives other than obeying the law. According to law, if they target you illegally (but they lost all the evidence against them in a server crash) they can't prosecute.

Welcome to the USSR of 1950!

Yidden! Hashem hut intz gevizen nissim asach mool. Rasts ahn mit tfilos!
VeHee ShUmduh laVoiseinee!

To compare the current situation to 1950 USSR is pathetic and ridiculous. Too many heimishe people feel our laws don't apply to them and this is where the real problem lies.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 11:47 AM FALLSBURGER Says:

Reply to #3  
LionofZion Says:

#2, we are bad guys. Every day we are in the paper. We have engaged in terrible things, bribing people, corrupting people, getting guns to people who should not have them, stealing money from charities, taking bribes. And these are all "Frum" people. Some Chasidish, some not, but all supposedly Shomer Shabbos. Hashem is looking down and yelling "what is wrong with you people!"

Instead of making excuses we should start behaving and we should raise our expectations to our fellow Jews that they follow the laws as well. This stuff is all crazy! Things can be very good here if you just work and live a decent lifestyle.

although I agree that if this story is true, then its a chillul hashem, but please don't label an entire community as "we are bad guys"

there are a few hundred thousand frum people in NYC, how often do you see in the paper a frum person being accused of:
Assault
Slashing
Robbery
Murder
DWI
DUI

BH we are 99.9% clean of those crimes, so please don't call us "bad guys".Yes there are some rotten apples, but they are a miniscule percentage of the community.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 11:51 AM Anonymous Says:

How many yeshiva boys with their dad's gelt bought a gun?

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 12:28 PM Anonymous Says:

nebech

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 01:35 PM bennyt Says:

Reply to #16  
FALLSBURGER Says:

although I agree that if this story is true, then its a chillul hashem, but please don't label an entire community as "we are bad guys"

there are a few hundred thousand frum people in NYC, how often do you see in the paper a frum person being accused of:
Assault
Slashing
Robbery
Murder
DWI
DUI

BH we are 99.9% clean of those crimes, so please don't call us "bad guys".Yes there are some rotten apples, but they are a miniscule percentage of the community.

But frum people are unfortunately #1 when it comes to frauds and other forms of geneivah!

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 01:56 PM nat101 Says:

Whoever is criticizing my comment (#2) did NOT read it! And did NOT get it!

Misappropriation of justice means that although the individual(s) indeed did break the law, there are others who also broke laws (often much more serious offenses) and are being overlooked.

Tell me why 280 (TWO HUNDRED and EIGHTY!) FBI agents on the recent raids on the yeshivas in Monsey and Willy and KJ (no arrests!) for maybe using funds meant for computers to purchase alarm systems?

WHY is B&H being investigated for not hiring all kinds of people?

Why is Sholom Rubashkin still in Jail while Obama has pardoned THOUSANDS of drug DEALERS and others?

The list goes on and on.

Hashem yerachem what they still want to do in the next few months.

DAVEN DAVEN and DAVEN!

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 12:32 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #16  
FALLSBURGER Says:

although I agree that if this story is true, then its a chillul hashem, but please don't label an entire community as "we are bad guys"

there are a few hundred thousand frum people in NYC, how often do you see in the paper a frum person being accused of:
Assault
Slashing
Robbery
Murder
DWI
DUI

BH we are 99.9% clean of those crimes, so please don't call us "bad guys".Yes there are some rotten apples, but they are a miniscule percentage of the community.

And they are a minuscule percent of the African american community too. In law abidding countries crimes tend to always be committed only by a small minority of the population. That being said a person is definitely affected by their upbrinings and suroundings. Certain communities are more pron to commit certain crimes. Muslims are raised in an anti west culture and tend to support or commit acts of terror. Other minorities are affected by street crime such as assaults, drugs, murder etc.. because they tend to hang out alot in the street. these minorities don't usually commit terror and so they are not "bad guys" either. And then there is a 3rd group that tends to commit white collar "hiemisha" shtick types of crimes. Thts how they are raised. That doesn't make us "bad guys" or "good guys" But realize that its a systemic problem on our community.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 12:35 PM Mosser Supporter Says:

Reply to #16  
FALLSBURGER Says:

although I agree that if this story is true, then its a chillul hashem, but please don't label an entire community as "we are bad guys"

there are a few hundred thousand frum people in NYC, how often do you see in the paper a frum person being accused of:
Assault
Slashing
Robbery
Murder
DWI
DUI

BH we are 99.9% clean of those crimes, so please don't call us "bad guys".Yes there are some rotten apples, but they are a miniscule percentage of the community.

"If one doesn't teach his child an amnus he teaches them to steal."
Mishna in last perek of kiddushin.

Without an education we are forced to do crooked stuff to earn a living. Lest you argue but don't educated people steal too? Sure they do. Madoff was educated too. But its usually not as much of a necessity for an edcuated guy to steal. Because he has a normal job with a pay check. For the uneducated it becomes a necessity.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 03:34 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #21  
nat101 Says:

Whoever is criticizing my comment (#2) did NOT read it! And did NOT get it!

Misappropriation of justice means that although the individual(s) indeed did break the law, there are others who also broke laws (often much more serious offenses) and are being overlooked.

Tell me why 280 (TWO HUNDRED and EIGHTY!) FBI agents on the recent raids on the yeshivas in Monsey and Willy and KJ (no arrests!) for maybe using funds meant for computers to purchase alarm systems?

WHY is B&H being investigated for not hiring all kinds of people?

Why is Sholom Rubashkin still in Jail while Obama has pardoned THOUSANDS of drug DEALERS and others?

The list goes on and on.

Hashem yerachem what they still want to do in the next few months.

DAVEN DAVEN and DAVEN!

N&H is being investigated because complaints were filed by its workers that weren't promoted due to their race or gender. It was not something that they choose to pick on.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 04:47 PM nat101 Says:

Reply to #24  
Anonymous Says:

N&H is being investigated because complaints were filed by its workers that weren't promoted due to their race or gender. It was not something that they choose to pick on.

I meant the B & H warehouse in Willy

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 05:39 PM LionofZion Says:

Reply to #16  
FALLSBURGER Says:

although I agree that if this story is true, then its a chillul hashem, but please don't label an entire community as "we are bad guys"

there are a few hundred thousand frum people in NYC, how often do you see in the paper a frum person being accused of:
Assault
Slashing
Robbery
Murder
DWI
DUI

BH we are 99.9% clean of those crimes, so please don't call us "bad guys".Yes there are some rotten apples, but they are a miniscule percentage of the community.

#16, did you actually write BH we don't do some crimes but we do other crimes that we feel are not as severe? I guess my G-d has higher expectations than yours. Tell me, do you eat Gebrucks?

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 06:30 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #20  
bennyt Says:

But frum people are unfortunately #1 when it comes to frauds and other forms of geneivah!

You'd better quickly do some work on your sinas chinam and do teshuva!

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 Apr 21, 2016 at 01:53 AM schwartzi Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

Hopefully this will be a huge huge wake up call to all of those that somehow think that being close with NYPD or any other officials serves them in any capacity.

The NYPD has no royalty to you whatsoever, even though they smile at you and take your bribes and money. Do your really think they will back you when the curtain falls on them? Do you think they like you? Do you think that without the illegal actions they would look at you? of course not! only a fool can think that way and then when the **** hits the fan, you will be all alone and they will turn on you in a NY minute!

Instead of being busy with this nonsense and making 1.8 million dollars this way, go out and get a job and educate yourself, because what goes around, comes around and its not pretty at the end!

# 14 you took the words out of my mouth. ALL goyim, including the authorities,will turn on ANY yid at any time,should something go wrong.( youre just as good as the next dollar,kick back etc) Do you really think you can trust ANYONE at any time? lol, lol, They'll turn on you at the drop of a hat. And these " activists,ASSkonim,and other wannabees in b.p. and flatbush,who brown nose and suck up to the cops,and politicians,( to get favors,or programs) are the biggest chanferers and losers) you think they like you? (with boord and payes,yet) you think they need you? they smile at you and at the same time the'yd stab you in the back. foolish court jesters, and that goes for cb 12 and the rest of the "good ole boys" club. lol. lining their pockets thru the citizens of B.P. ve'hameiven yuvin. enough said.

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 Apr 21, 2016 at 11:35 AM RocklandRes Says:

Reply to #28  
schwartzi Says:

# 14 you took the words out of my mouth. ALL goyim, including the authorities,will turn on ANY yid at any time,should something go wrong.( youre just as good as the next dollar,kick back etc) Do you really think you can trust ANYONE at any time? lol, lol, They'll turn on you at the drop of a hat. And these " activists,ASSkonim,and other wannabees in b.p. and flatbush,who brown nose and suck up to the cops,and politicians,( to get favors,or programs) are the biggest chanferers and losers) you think they like you? (with boord and payes,yet) you think they need you? they smile at you and at the same time the'yd stab you in the back. foolish court jesters, and that goes for cb 12 and the rest of the "good ole boys" club. lol. lining their pockets thru the citizens of B.P. ve'hameiven yuvin. enough said.

Well that's pretty much the nature of a bribe. It takes two to tango.

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 Apr 22, 2016 at 10:08 AM L-Chaim Says:

The irony of the "trials and tribulations" occuring as we enter Pesach is truly proof that Hashem has a sense of humor.
We learned nothing from Moishe in the court of Pharaoh when Egypt sinned against us. We learned nothing in the desert when the people sinned against Hashem.
Although we are scrupulous about the G-d -centered Commandments of the Decalogue, we conveniently forget those that deal with our neighbors.
Learn the difference between PROSECUTION and PERSECUTION. And realize we have become worse than Pharaoh.

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