Reichberg – Family Hiding Evidence and Lawyer Arguing Narrow Definition of Corruption…

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Family of Businessmen in NYPD Probe Allegedly Tried to Hide Evidence

NEW YORK POST:

The government has collected a trove of evidence in their corruption case against two NYPD officers and their businessman pal, Jeremy Reichberg — including a box of electronic devices and business cards that one of Reichberg’s relatives tried to hide from the FBI, prosecutors said.

The day Reichberg was arrested, “one of Mr. Reichberg’s family members attempted to leave the house with a number of electronic devices,” Assistant US Attorney Martin Bell said at a hearing Tuesday in Manhattan federal court.

The devices included thumb-drives, “seven or so smartphones,” and a stash of CDs and DVDs — all of which are now in the hands of the FBI, Bell told Judge Gregory Woods.

The family member, who was not identified, also attempted to run away with “paper evidence,” including Reichberg’s stash of business cards listing his NYPD and political contacts, Bell said.

Reichberg’s attorney Susan Necheles said she “heard this story” before but declined to elaborate. Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara’s office also declined further comment.

Reichberg was arrested in June along with cops Michael Harrington and James Grant, who allegedly doled out official favors, including police escorts and ticket fixing, to Reichberg and his real-estate investor pal Jona Rechnitz. In exchange, the businessmen peppered the officers with gifts, including trips to Las Vegas and Chicago, video games for Grant’s kids and other perks, prosecutors have said.

Bell said the government’s evidence includes months of wiretaps from Reichberg’s phone as well as the phone of a “co-conspirator,” who has been identified as Rechnitz. The founder of real-estate investor firm JSR Capital was not indicted with his former pals because he is cooperating with the government against them.

The FBI also obtained emails from the defendants via search warrants, Bell said.

A hearing was set for October 27th to allow the defendant’s lawyers to raise objections to the evidence and the case.

Necheles told the judge she expects “substantial and significant motions” poking holes in the government’s case — thanks to the US Supreme Court.

“The state of the law is totally in flux,” Necheles said, pointing to the Supreme Court’s recent ruling exonerating former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell of corruption.

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