NYPD Commanders Arrested For Corruption
Three NYPD commanders, including a deputy chief, were arrested early Monday, along with a Brooklyn-based businessman on federal corruption charges.
50-year-old Deputy Chief Michael J. Harrington, Deputy Inspector James M. Grant, 43, and Sgt. David Villanueva, 42, were detained.
According to The New York Times, the charges stem from one of several continuing investigations into Mayor Bill de Blasio’s campaign fundraising. As a result of the investigations, the men were arrested in what is considered to be one of the most significant roundups of police supervisors in the department’s recent history.
Court papers in the case detail lavish gifts the two senior police officials allegedly received in exchange for taking official action. The gifts include expensive meals and free overseas and domestic trips, along with the referral of business to a security company associated with one of the officials.
The deputy inspector was accused of receiving a trip to Las Vegas for Super Bowl weekend in 2013, accompanied by a prostitute. The sergeant has been charged in a separate but related scheme that involved aiding applicants for firearms licenses.
A police officer was also involved in that scheme and worked in the Police Department division that issues the licenses. Court papers unsealed on Monday disclosed that the officer had previously pleaded guilty to bribery charges and is cooperating with federal authorities.
The gifts were largely provided by two businessmen who have been generous supporters of the mayor. 42-year-old Jeremiah Reichberg was also charged. Jona S. Rechnitz, 33, had been a target of the fundraising investigation until recent weeks. He pleaded guilty to corruption charges.
The officers, along with Reichberg, are expected to appear in United States District Court in Manhattan Monday afternoon.