NYPD to probe gun permits handled by two cops in bribery scandal

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From the New York Daily News – April 20, 2016

The NYPD will review all gun permits handled by two officers transferred out of the licensing unit — the latest fallout from a broadening bribery scandal.

A police source said the Internal Affairs Bureau decided to take the measure after the arrest of Shaya Lichtenstein, a Brooklyn volunteer safety patrolman who allegedly bribed cops with $6,000 in cash and other favors for expedited gun applications.

It was unclear how many applications handled by Sgt. David Villanueva, 42, and Officer Richard Ochetal, 36, would be reviewed. The License Division’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Michael Endall, 48, was also transferred.

Five other high-ranking cops have been disciplined as a result of the ongoing FBI corruption probe.

 

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