Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the New York Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI”), and William J. Bratton, Commissioner of the New York City Police Department (“NYPD”), announced today that Deputy Chief MICHAEL HARRINGTON, Deputy Inspector JAMES GRANT, and Sergeant DAVID VILLANUEVA of the NYPD were arrested this morning, along with a Brooklyn-based man, JEREMY REICHBERG, on bribery charges. HARRINGTON, GRANT, and REICHBERG were charged in Manhattan federal court with conspiring to commit honest services wire fraud for a bribery scheme involving the receipt of tens of thousands of dollars in meals, trips, home renovations, and other benefits in exchange for an array of official NYPD actions, including private police escorts, ticket fixing, and assistance in settling private disputes. VILLANUEVA, formerly a supervisor in the NYPD’s gun licensing division, was charged in Manhattan federal court with bribery offenses in connection with his receipt of cash bribes to expedite and approve gun licenses. In addition, the guilty plea of Police Officer RICHARD OCHETAL, who formerly worked in the gun licensing division, was unsealed today. OCHETAL pled guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for the approval of gun license applications, and is cooperating with the Government in the investigation.
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