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Staten Island, NY - Manhattan Cop With Ties To Reichberg Stripped Of Badge And Gun

Published on: April 7, 2016 11:22 AM
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(L) Deputy Inspector James Grant(L) Deputy Inspector James Grant

Staten Island, NY - The head of an Upper East Side police precinct with close ties to the Jewish community was stripped of his badge and gun this morning and placed on modified duty. 

Deputy Inspector James Grant of the NYPD’s 19th Precinct who lives in Staten Island, was one of several named in an FBI corruption scandal as previously reported on VIN News.  Sources said that Grant has acknowledged that he is in serious trouble, according to sources.

Grant apparently had close ties to businessman and NYPD chaplain Jeremy Reichberg, escorting him personally from the airport on several occasions after overseas trips to buy diamonds, according to the New York Post.

“He would meet him at the airport and get him back to where he had to go,” said one source, adding, “And as a form of payment, he’d give him one or two really nice cut diamonds to give to his wife.” the newspaper reported.


Grant served as the head of the 72nd Precinct in Sunset Park for 2011 to 2014 and was said to have distributed hundreds of Captains Endowment Association cards to members of the Orthodox Jewish community bearing his name and the words “Please extend all courtesy to the holder of this card.”

Grant and Reichberg have known each other for approximately eight years.
Reichberg reported gave Grant hundreds of dollars this past winter during the holiday season.  Shortly thereafter, Grant became aware that the FBI was conducting an investigation of the NYPD, leading him to remark in strong language that he was in extremely hot water that could potentially send him to jail.

Both Reichberg and Upper West Side developer Jona Rechnitz are in the midst of an FBI probe into whether members of the NYPD accepted cash and gifts in return for favors including police escorts for business deliveries and extra manpower to manage security at Chasidic weddings.

John Meringolo, Grant’s lawyer defended his client any denied any wrongdoing.

“He’s been an exceptional police officer for his entire career,” said Meringolo.

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 Apr 07, 2016 at 11:49 AM Secular Says:

לְבַד רְאֵה-זֶה מָצָאתִי, אֲשֶׁר עָשָׂה הָאֱלֹהִים אֶת-הָאָדָם יָשָׁר; וְהֵמָּה בִקְשׁוּ, חִשְּׁבֹנוֹת רַבִּים.

אִם-עֹשֶׁק רָשׁ וְגֵזֶל מִשְׁפָּט וָצֶדֶק, תִּרְאֶה בַמְּדִינָה--אַל-תִּתְמַהּ, עַל-הַחֵפֶץ: כִּי גָבֹהַּ מֵעַל גָּבֹהַּ, שֹׁמֵר, וּגְבֹהִים, עֲלֵיהֶם.


 Apr 07, 2016 at 11:56 AM alterknaker Says:

I'm so so embarrassed of being chassidish, why do we always have to be hot headed, we had so many lessons and chances to learn from, it's about time for us to pipe down, it's already gone far too ugly,


 Apr 07, 2016 at 12:13 PM harry32 Says:

That's what happens when you have too many cooks in the kitchen. Let the few askanim do their work no one asked this shmuck to anything for klal yisroel


 Apr 07, 2016 at 12:21 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

I hope he too goes to jail.


 Apr 07, 2016 at 12:36 PM bennyt Says:

Another kiddush Hashem in the making....


 Apr 07, 2016 at 01:30 PM alterknaker Says:

Reply to #4  
kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

I hope he too goes to jail.

מה דעלך סני לחברך לא תעביד, this is not a Yiddish מידה, the AVEIRAH he committed is something between him and the ribono shel olam, not for you to judge


 Apr 07, 2016 at 01:31 PM Anonymous Says:

In Ramapo, the new square rabbi gets a free police escort every time he travels to and from the airport with full flashing lights that are more than the firemen are allowed to use. It's our tax dollars being stolen.


 Apr 07, 2016 at 01:47 PM sammy Says:

Reply to #2  
alterknaker Says:

I'm so so embarrassed of being chassidish, why do we always have to be hot headed, we had so many lessons and chances to learn from, it's about time for us to pipe down, it's already gone far too ugly,

What does this have to do with being Chasidish? Is rechnitz chasidish? He's an individual like all of us. There are chasidish crooks, litvish crooks, mo crooks and yeshivish crooks. The actions of one doesn't condemn many.


 Apr 07, 2016 at 10:40 PM pinktfarkert Says:

You all seem to have it totally wrong. This isn't about a Medicaid fraud etc. the yidden in this story were the givers and the cops were not supposed to take. It also seems that vosizneias enjoys the ride smearing other yidden similar to the dirty NY Post.


 Apr 08, 2016 at 12:01 AM HeshyEmes Says:

Wow! He allegedly gave Grant "100's of dollars"; and Grant gave out many PBA cards! The horror of it all! The Feds must really be proud; finding such terrible crimes in our midst! Of course Hillary & Bill getting tens of $million personally, and $100's of million for their Foundation, from Arab countries & foreign companies while Hillary was Secy of State, & coincidentally have the State Dept drop any objections to takeovers of US Cos. with proprietary technology and rare resources by foreign agents, is not an FBI priority when there are REAL criminals like Rechnitz and Rubashkin that are a menace to the public! Maybe after Attorney General Loretta Lynch finishes her important work at the behest of the Black Lives Matter people, she could chat with Sharpton the next time he spends the night at the White House about his taxes & his inciting riots. I sleep soundly tonight knowing that our fearless G-men are tapping our phones to ferret out such corruption in our midst. How pathetic that some supposed frum people here are "disgusted" at some Rebbe for having the Police directing traffic at a wedding; or ensuring that someone's father gets to JFK in time to have a Kevureh in Israel.


 Apr 08, 2016 at 07:21 AM PaulinSaudi Says:

It took ten posts to get to the Clintons.


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