NYPD officials plead not guilty to working as ‘cops on call’ for de Blasio donors, admit to getting hookers, trips, gifts
Three NYPD officials pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to charges that they acted as “cops on call” for two moneyed de Blasio donors — and got hookers, trips and gifts in return.
Deputy Chief Michael Harrington and Deputy Inspector James Grant face conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud, conspiracy to pay and receive bribes and honest services wire fraud charges in Manhattan federal court.
The disgraced officials were arrested on June 20 along with Sgt. David Villanueva and Brooklyn diamond dealer Jeremy Reichberg in relation to the corruption scheme, in which the cops allegedly acted as a “private police force” for more than $100,000 worth of perks.
Reichberg, who faces charges of payment of bribes, gave the cops these gifts, Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara has alleged. Harrington, 50, and Grant, 43, also face charges of receiving bribes, according to court papers. The prosecutor says they did the bidding of Reichberg and another major de Blasio donor, whom sources have identified as Jona Rechnitz. Rechnitz has already pleaded guilty and is cooperating with investigators.