A Tale of Two de Blasio Investigation Responses: Play Dumb on Probe As He Gives Back NYPD's GiftGateRechnitz Campaign Donations
de Blasio Says He Took No Gifts, Will Not Return 2013 $ Until We Get Results of the Investigation
NYPD Inspector Questioned In GiftGate Kills Himself But Was Told He Did Not Face Any Charges GiftGate Update
NYPD corruption probe by feds was nearing indictment phase when high-ranking cop committed suicide (NYDN) Fear of possible indictments and a shakeup of police brass from a corruption probe gripped the NYPD in the days before a high-ranking cop committed suicide, sources told the Daily News. Inspector Michael Ameri, 44, came under increased scrutiny in the days before his death in the mushrooming scandal that involves a pair of businessmen with ties to Mayor de Blasio. Indictments were expected “sometime soon,” with changes among the NYPD’s upper echelon at One Police Plaza likely by the end of May, according to one source. Details of the investigation could become public as soon as Monday or Tuesday, the sources said. Investigators questioned Ameri, head of the NYPD Highway Patrol Unit, for a second time this past week — and popped into the unit’s office Thursday in search of files, sources told The News. * ‘It doesn’t make sense’: Cop who killed himself ‘wasn’t in trouble’(NYP) A day after the suicide of top highway cop Michael Ameri, heartbroken colleagues and family were staggered by one unanswered question — why? — given that he was said to have not been criminally implicated in looming NYPD corruption indictments. “I don’t understand it,” one close friend of the respected police commander told The Post on Saturday. “He was told he didn’t face criminal charges. It just doesn’t make sense.” But several higher-ups had told Ameri “that he was OK,” said another source close to the 44-year-old divorced dad from Long Island. “He had been repeatedly reassured.”Probers are seeking evidence that officers were providing police escorts for members of the Orthodox Jewish community in return for gifts, including trips and even loose diamonds.So far, targets have been revealed to include former Chief of Department Philip Banks III and four high-ranking cops who were relieved of their duties last month after The Post exposed the probe. * NYC gun broker accused of bribing cops used cozy relationships with NYPD to have clients avoid mandatory interviews (NYDN) * Gun, badge taken from NYPD pal of cop who killed himself; department fears indictments in corruption probe (NYPD)
Cops Union Pounces On Mayor in CrisisPolice union claims de Blasio is shortchanging cops (NYP) The city’s police union will begin airing an ad Monday accusing Mayor de Blasio of shortchanging cops. The 30-second radio spot will focus on how NYPD officers “make 34 percent less than cops locally and nationwide.” * Cops didn’t inspect guns purchased through bribery scandal (NYP) * Union chief to ‘hypocrite’ Bratton: Resign!(NYP) “What I am seeing on a regular basis now in the NYPD lately is, it’s a do as I say, not as I do attitude, and this is coming directly from Commissioner Bratton,” Sergeants Benevolent Association President Ed Mullins said on John Catsimatidis’s radio show on AM 970.
“We have a hypocrisy that’s coming right from the top, and it has to stop,” he said.
Summary of NYPD GiftGate gift and cash scandal rocking the NYPD. Even the two shady Brooklyn businessmen who allegedly handed out the goodiesare not the big fish. And don’t be distracted by the arrest of a man accused of running a Ponzi schemeout of a failed restaurant that some of the cops frequented.
$12 million Ponzi scheme linked to NYPD corruption probe (NYP) he owner of a trendy
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Fed Have Expanded Its Investigation of NYPD GiftGate Into the Entire Pay to Play Culture of Team de Blasio
Rechnitz donated $50,000 to de Blasio’s nonprofit group, the Campaign for One New York, and Rechnitz and his wife shelled out the maximum $9,900 to the mayor’s 2013 campaign, records show. n addition, Rechnitz was one of the biggest bundlers for de Blasio’s campaign, raking in more than $40,000 from contributors. Hizzoner made his first visit to
Bratton reassigns 4 top police officials amid joint NYPD-federal probe (PoliticoNY) Four senior police officials were removed from their commands and placed on desk duty — with two of the officials stripped of their guns and badges — as part of a two-year joint investigation with police and federal officials. “This is not a particularly good day for the department,” police commissioner Bill Bratton told reporters inside NYPD headquarters this morning, where he announced that Deputy Chief Michael Harrington and Deputy Inspector James Grant were stripped of their guns and badges. Bratton also announced two other officials, Deputy Chief David Colon and Deputy Chief Eric Rodriguez, were “transferred to administrative positions so they will not be working operationally in the field.” Bratton did not specify what the four men may have done wrong, but said the probe is looking at whether there was a violation of NYPD rules, city Conflict of Interest rules, and, possibly federal law.* Four NYPD Officers Disciplined as Part of Federal CorruptionProbe (WSJ)* Four high-ranking veterans of the NYPD were reassigned to desk jobs in what is likely to be a first wave of discipline stemming from a wide-ranging federal corruption investigation. The action against such prominent police commanders — three deputy chiefs and a deputy inspector — was a rare public rebuke to the senior management of the nation’s largest municipal police force.
NYPD GiftGate: Banks Trips On Ponzi-Schemer NYPD FBI Gang Takedown
Gang Takedown More than 100 gang members arrested in largest takedown in NYC history (NYP)* THAT'S A RAP! Bloods-linked members charged with running $414G identity-theft ring, using stolen cards to shop at pricey stores — one suspect rapped about crimes (NYDN) * FACES OF THE ARRESTED: See the Bronx gang members busted in police raids across the borough — SEE THE PHOTOS (NYDN) * NYPD goes gangbusters (NYDN Ed)* With anti-cop hysteria unabated in some quarters, the historic mass takedown of two criminal gangs is a reminder that the NYPD gets the job done and New York’s streets — safe as they already are — just got a whole lot safer, the Postwrites: * Biggest Gang Bustin NYC History, New Blizzard Record and More (NYO)
probed for giving gifts to high-ranking NYPD members in exchange for favors. “Banks had collected an inordinate amount of cash,” a source familiar with the case said. “Which begged the question, where is he getting this money? How is he getting it?” “We were hearing about alleged gifts and all of these trips he was taking,” the source said. Sources said the feds and the Internal Affairs Bureau were also tipped off that Banks had several rental properties in the names of relatives, and may have had a side business selling liquor. The investigation into Banks and his businessmen pals began with an IAB probe into an unnamed
NYPD GiftGate Deepens
FBI Investigating de Blasio Pals For Gift to the NYPD Outgrowth Of Cop Money Laundering Probe