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New York, NY - IAB To Scrutinize All Gun Permits Issued By Disciplined Officers Linked To NYPD Probe

Published on: April 20, 2016 09:30 AM
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FILE - An unidentified person reviews an application from the NYPD pistol permit dept.FILE - An unidentified person reviews an application from the NYPD pistol permit dept.

New York, NY - Two days after the arrest of a former Brooklyn resident who allegedly made $1.95 million selling illegally obtained gun permits, the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau has announced that it will be investigating permits issued by two police officers who have been stripped of their guns and badges in connection with the probe.

As previously reported on VIN News, Sergeant David Villanueva and Officer Richard Ochetal of the NYPD’s License Division have been placed on modified duty after it was discovered that they had expedited gun permits in exchange for bribes. 

Alex Lichtenstein, who now lives in Rockland County, is said to have paid out $900,000 to secure gun permits, at least one of which is known to have gone to an individual with a shady criminal record.

All permits handled by the pair for an unspecified length of time will be reviewed by the Internal Affairs Bureau, according to The Daily News.  It is unknown at this time how many applications by the two men are being scrutinized.\

Also disciplined in connection with the bribery scheme was the commanding officer of the License Division, 48 year old Deputy Inspector Michael Endall, bringing the number of high ranking members of the NYPD to face punitive action to six.  Sources said that more arrests are expected to come in connection with this investigation.


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 Apr 20, 2016 at 09:42 AM ChareidiMan Says:

Great job by the feds and the NYPD. A gun in the wrong hands is very dangerous no matter if the recipient is a Jewish, Christian, Muslim or atheist person!

Everyone that received a gun through this process, should have it confiscated and be subject to an arrest or at a minimum, a review of their actions.

What is even scarier than all this , is knowing that approx. 150 unqualified people in our community have guns this particular way.

We should all demand from our Police Dept. and government officials that these people should surrender their guns immediately and thoroughly checked to ensure safety for the rest of us

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 10:50 AM Jfreud Says:

Any criminal can go out on the street and buy a gun for much less then $18,000 and without having any record of them,

all those people who bought from Lichtenstein are people who wanted to be 100% legal just couldn't wait to go through the system which can take a long time so they used Lichtenstein as their expediter ,

all those lichtenstien gun buyers deserve big credit for doing it legal, and for the NYPD it's just a lesson to make the system more efficiant so everyone who wants and is entitlted for a gun can get it more easily.

This wasn't a arms dealer as the press describes, they have all gun holders records in NYPD system, he was just an expditer.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 11:45 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #1  
ChareidiMan Says:

Great job by the feds and the NYPD. A gun in the wrong hands is very dangerous no matter if the recipient is a Jewish, Christian, Muslim or atheist person!

Everyone that received a gun through this process, should have it confiscated and be subject to an arrest or at a minimum, a review of their actions.

What is even scarier than all this , is knowing that approx. 150 unqualified people in our community have guns this particular way.

We should all demand from our Police Dept. and government officials that these people should surrender their guns immediately and thoroughly checked to ensure safety for the rest of us

Unfortunately, you will be called an antisemite if any of these illegal permits are in hasidic hands. They will blame Ed Day for targeting jews.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 12:21 PM zoifunny Says:

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Jfreud Says:

Any criminal can go out on the street and buy a gun for much less then $18,000 and without having any record of them,

all those people who bought from Lichtenstein are people who wanted to be 100% legal just couldn't wait to go through the system which can take a long time so they used Lichtenstein as their expediter ,

all those lichtenstien gun buyers deserve big credit for doing it legal, and for the NYPD it's just a lesson to make the system more efficiant so everyone who wants and is entitlted for a gun can get it more easily.

This wasn't a arms dealer as the press describes, they have all gun holders records in NYPD system, he was just an expditer.

You're absolutely correct! I feel like u stole the words out of my mouth! All he did is woo these officials into putting these gun applications on top of the list. Leme put it this way, if u would like to exercise your constitutional right and carry a gun in NYC, u can apply for a permit, wait a year or so, and then be turned down. It's virtually impossible to get a concealed weapon permit in liberal NYC.
All these people did is prioritize these applicants, all the documentation and paperwork was legally submitted and still had to go through a very thorough FBI scrutiny the way it should be under the USA constitution... Don't forget the city can not approve a gun permit, the Feds are the ones approving these applications and no Federal agent is being charged for corruption because they did indeed do their job properly. So all these city officials did was let it slip through the city directly to the feds....

Another thing is mind boggling why was the jew that allegedly gave the bribe charged way harder than the city officials that accepted the bribe? shouldn't it be the other way around? Sworn in officials that recive bribe are usually chastised worse than the bribe givers....

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 12:54 PM ChareidiMan Says:

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Jfreud Says:

Any criminal can go out on the street and buy a gun for much less then $18,000 and without having any record of them,

all those people who bought from Lichtenstein are people who wanted to be 100% legal just couldn't wait to go through the system which can take a long time so they used Lichtenstein as their expediter ,

all those lichtenstien gun buyers deserve big credit for doing it legal, and for the NYPD it's just a lesson to make the system more efficiant so everyone who wants and is entitlted for a gun can get it more easily.

This wasn't a arms dealer as the press describes, they have all gun holders records in NYPD system, he was just an expditer.

Are you kidding me? all these buyers knowingly and willfully went to Lichtenstein so they can beat the system! What are you talking about , there are people on that list, if properly checked would never in a lifetime receive a permit. Stop drinking the cool aid dude!

Its mind boggling how you can put a positive spin on this, thankfully the USA government will go after all these "legal" buyers and confiscate their guns and perhaps even charge them with something.

If you would know the names of the people that he sold to ( and I know some) you would change your tune either way. forget about the fact that he bribed, which is a huge crime, and they all knew because they paid big bucks for it

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 01:26 PM bennyt Says:

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Jfreud Says:

Any criminal can go out on the street and buy a gun for much less then $18,000 and without having any record of them,

all those people who bought from Lichtenstein are people who wanted to be 100% legal just couldn't wait to go through the system which can take a long time so they used Lichtenstein as their expediter ,

all those lichtenstien gun buyers deserve big credit for doing it legal, and for the NYPD it's just a lesson to make the system more efficiant so everyone who wants and is entitlted for a gun can get it more easily.

This wasn't a arms dealer as the press describes, they have all gun holders records in NYPD system, he was just an expditer.

You are wrong. These applicants would have been denied pistol carry permits because they either had something negative in the their background check or that they were unable to prove why they needed such a permit. No one is that desperate to expedite his legitimate permit application that he would be willing to pay $18,000 for it. The fact that they paid this exorbitant amount is proof enough they they would have otherwise been rejected.

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 Apr 20, 2016 at 04:58 PM zoifunny Says:

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bennyt Says:

You are wrong. These applicants would have been denied pistol carry permits because they either had something negative in the their background check or that they were unable to prove why they needed such a permit. No one is that desperate to expedite his legitimate permit application that he would be willing to pay $18,000 for it. The fact that they paid this exorbitant amount is proof enough they they would have otherwise been rejected.

Oh right! You try to apply to carry a gun in NYC good luck with that....

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