The information on this blog about the corruption in America's courts will disgust and frighten you and propel you into a world of racketeering, greed, larceny, malicious prosecution, and outrageous disdain for due process, the Rule of Law, the United States Constitution, the Bill of Rights and Professional Responsibility Standards, Rules and Statutes. This is the Unified Court System of New York State. You will be a victim unless you speak up and protest. by Betsy Combier
Monday, June 20, 2016
NYPD Chiefs Michael J. Harrington, James M. Grant, and David Villanueva Arrested on Federal Corruption Charges
Deputy Chief Michael Harrington, left, and Deputy Inspector James Grant
Here's List of Bribes 4 Arrested NYPD Officials Are Accused of Taking
breakdown of the ill-gotten gains listed in court documents:
Inspector James Grant
Las Vegas Trip, February 2013
received round-trip travel to Las Vegas on a private jet, a value of
of the passengers on the jet was a prostitute who then stayed in Grant's room
and who spent the weekend in Las Vegas with Grant and his friends who
"took advantages of her services during the trip," according to
rooms and meals were comped during the trip.
Rome Trip, August 2013
and his family enjoyed a two-night stay in two hotel rooms in Rome, a
value of $1,066.
Other Financial Benefits
had the railings replaced outside of his Staten Island home, a value of
windows were replaced in Grant's home, which cost
watch was upgraded, a value of approximately $3,000.
Christmas Day in 2013, Grant received a video game system for his children
and a piece of jewelry for his wife, a value of approximately $1,000.
Chief Michael Harrington
Chicago Trip, 2014
and family members stayed in a downtown Chicago hotel with three rooms for four
nights and one room for two nights, a cost of approximately $6,500.
Other Financial Benefits
May 2013 and November 2014, Harrington was taken to dinner at least
once or twice a week, typically at pricey Manhattan restaurants. The bill
generally ran between $400 and $500.
Harrington received tickets to numerous sporting events, including
two $400 tickets to the Brooklyn Nets in January 2014 and two $700 tickets
for the New York Rangers in May 2014.
Christmas Day in 2013, Harrington received a video game system for his kids.
• For a
period of 15 months, Harrington's security company was hired to work at a
Manhattan school, receiving $5,000 per month for its services.
Thousands of dollars in bribes.
A limousine tour of wineries.
received cash and benefits.
3 New York Police Commanders Are Arrested on Corruption Charges
ThreeNew York Police Departmentcommanders, including a deputy chief,
were arrested early Monday, along with a Brooklyn businessman, on federal
corruption charges stemming from one of several continuing investigations into
Blasio’s campaign fund-raising, according to people with knowledge
of the matter.
The arrests, of a deputy
chief, a deputy inspector and a sergeant, were one of the most significant
roundups of police supervisors in the recent history of the department. In
striking the top ranks, the case is a particular blow to the storied — and sometimes
sullied — reputation of the nation’s largest municipal police force.
The charges detail lavish
gifts the two senior police officials are accused of receiving: complimentary
Super Bowl tickets, expensive meals and free overseas trips, including at least
one taken in the company of a prostitute, the people said. The sergeant was
charged in a scheme that involved aiding applicants for firearms licenses.
The gifts were largely paid
for by two businessmen, both of whom have been generous supporters of the mayor.
Jeremiah Reichberg, 42, of Borough Park, Brooklyn, was charged along with the
officers, the people said. Jona S. Rechnitz, 33, of the Upper West Side, had
been a target of the fund-raising investigation until recent weeks, when he
pleaded guilty to corruption charges and begancooperating with the federal authorities, the
arrests in the early morning hours by agents with the F.B.I. and investigators
from the Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau were followed by the
execution of search warrants, the people said. The charges included bribery,
honest services wire fraud and conspiracy, and they were scheduled to be
announced at a news conference later on Monday.
Arrested were Deputy Chief
Michael J. Harrington, 50; Deputy Inspector James M. Grant, 43; and Sgt. David
Villanueva, 42. They were expected to appear in United States District Court in
Manhattan on Monday afternoon. Their lawyers could not immediately be reached
While the charges being leveled against the police officials
were uncovered during the fund-raising investigation focused on Mr. de Blasio,
a Democrat, and his inner circle, there has been no suggestion that the mayor
himself was involved in the conduct described in the charging documents in the
case, which are expected to be unsealed Monday morning. The fund-raising
investigation and several other inquiries by federal prosecutors, the F.B.I.
and other agencies focused on the mayor’s donors and fund-raising were
continuing. The scope of the broader fund-raising inquiries remains unclear.
Police Commissioner William
J. Bratton has said the department believes investigators have identified all
of the police officials involved in the alleged misconduct, though it is
unknown whether the charges on Monday will conclude that line of inquiry by
federal prosecutors, F.B.I. agents and Internal Affairs investigators.
The particular fund-raising
investigation that led to these arrests has been going on for well over a year,
and in recent months, details of some of the accusations against the police
officials who have been charged — and others — have been widely reported in
news accounts. Nearly a dozen mostly senior police officials have been
disciplined by the Police Department in some way as a result of the inquiry —
including some of those charged on Monday. Those disciplined include five
deputy chiefs and a deputy inspector; four of the chiefs and the deputy
inspector have put in for retirement.
Mr. Rechnitz’s cooperation
with federal prosecutors and F.B.I. agents has already helped prosecutors bring
corruption charges in another case linked to the same fund-raising
investigation, people briefed on the matter have said. In that case, a criminal
complaint unsealed on June 8 charged Norman Seabrook, the powerful head of the
union that represents city correction officers, and Murray Huberfeld, a hedge
fund financier, withhonest services fraud and conspiracy.
That complaint said Mr.
Rechnitz had pleaded guilty to committing honest services fraud in connection
with the scheme in which Mr. Seabrook and Mr. Huberfeld were charged, “among
other things,” suggesting he was involved in additional criminal conduct. While
the document does not identify Mr. Rechnitz by name, referring to him only as
CW-1, or Cooperating Witness 1, several people with knowledge of the matter
said CW-1 was Mr. Rechnitz. At a news conference announcing the arrests of Mr.
Seabrook and Mr. Huberfeld, Preet Bharara, the United States attorney for the
Southern District of New York, whose office filed the complaint, would not
answer questions about the identity of CW-1 or the degree to which the witness
could be helpful in other cases.
But Mr. Bharara indicated
that the witness was “assisting other investigations.”
The criminal complaint in
the earlier case details two trips that Mr. Rechnitz, Mr. Seabrook and another
businessman — also a supporter of the mayor — took to the Dominican Republic.
On the first one, in November 2013, they were accompanied by an unnamed officer
from the Police Department. On the second one, in December 2014, the four men
were accompanied by a fifth unnamed person. Mr. Rechnitz paid for the airfare
for both trips.
Then, in March 2014, Mr.
Seabrook, Mr. Rechnitz, the police officer and the other businessman — Mr.
Reichberg, who was identified in the criminal complaint as Co-Conspirator 1 or
CC-1 — traveled to Israel, with Mr. Rechnitz paying the airfare, according to
the complaint. In July of that year, he paid for the same group to travel to
Las Vegas and then Burbank, Calif., the complaint said.