New York - Diamond Magnate Identified As Businessman In Illicit NYPD Lincoln Tunnel Closure
New York - One day after U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara announced that a Brooklyn man with close connections to the NYPD arranged to have one lane closed in the Lincoln Tunnel so that a wealthy businessman could be escorted to a fundraiser for Mayor de Blasio, sources have identified the visitor as Israeli diamond dealer Lev Leviev.
As previously reported on VIN News (http://goo.gl/MRVlu0), Jeremy Reichberg and three members of the NYPD were arrested yesterday as part of an ongoing federal corruption probe. Reichberg is said to have plied police with fancy trips and expensive gifts in exchange for preferential treatment, which included the lane closure.
According to the New York Post, law enforcement sources said that there is no official record of the shutdown, which did not go through official channels. The date of the actual incident is currently unknown.
Leviev, a billionaire with diamond mines in Africa and Russia, is the primary shareholder of Africa Israel, an international real estate firm. Jona Rechnitz, who worked hand in hand with Reichberg and is now cooperating with authorities, was once employed by Africa Israel.
Leviev owns high end diamond boutiques in New York, London, Dubai and Singapore.
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