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New York - Diamond Magnate Identified As Businessman In Illicit NYPD Lincoln Tunnel Closure

Published on: June 21, 2016 02:54 PM
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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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 Jun 21, 2016 at 03:28 PM BLONDI Says:

Couldn't he afford a helicopter?


 Jun 21, 2016 at 03:55 PM big deal! Says:

if i read correctly the lane was closed anyway so whats the big deal a little courtesy for a donor to the city the other complaints if true are far more disturbing


 Jun 21, 2016 at 04:27 PM kenyaninwhitehouse Says:

why does a diamond dealer give money to de bozo, maybe this should be investigated further and possibly bring this Communist who loves Capitalists money down.


 Jun 21, 2016 at 04:29 PM Anonymous Says:

This story is getting worse and worse by the day. The damage that these two characters are doing to the Yidden cannot be underestimated. They have caused more anti Semitism than the Ponzi schemer. They are making all the bad stereotypes of the Yidden come to life. Nebech on their wives and children and parents.


 Jun 21, 2016 at 08:54 PM PaulinSaudi Says:

Isn't remarkable how people, in this case policemen, will destroy their reputation and career for such a small amount on of money?


 Jun 21, 2016 at 10:46 PM Nachum Says:

I agree; the NYPD has always had a bad attitude to Jews, going back well over 100 years; then, the former anti-semitic police commissioner of NYC, blamed most of the crime in NYC to Jews. Jewish cops who joined the department in 1939, and following World War Two, had a rough time, and had to be twice as good as their farbisen Irish counterparts. When Meir Kahane was arrested in demonstrations in NYC in the late 1960's and early 1970's, the NYPD cops went out of their way, to beat him, and call him names. In 2006, in Borough Park, the cops beat Mr. Schick, as well as residents who protested their brutality. Only a few years ago, an anti-semitic cop went out of his way to harass a very frum Jew who allegedly jaywalked on Kings Highway and E. 15th St., on Shabbos; he made the Jew sign a ticket on Shabbos or face arrest. The latter cop was transferred; however, he deliberately singled that Jew out, as there were never jaywalking tickets issued at that location, in the 150 years history of the NYPD


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