New York, NY – Two days after the arrest of a former Brooklyn resident who allegedly made $1.95 million selling illegally obtained gun permits, the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau has announced that it will be investigating permits issued by two police officers who have been stripped of their guns and badges in connection with the probe.
As previously reported on VIN News, Sergeant David Villanueva and Officer Richard Ochetal of the NYPD’s License Division have been placed on modified duty after it was discovered that they had expedited gun permits in exchange for bribes.
Alex Lichtenstein, who now lives in Rockland County, is said to have paid out $900,000 to secure gun permits, at least one of which is known to have gone to an individual with a shady criminal record.
All permits handled by the pair for an unspecified length of time will be reviewed by the Internal Affairs Bureau, according to The Daily News. It is unknown at this time how many applications by the two men are being scrutinized.\
Also disciplined in connection with the bribery scheme was the commanding officer of the License Division, 48 year old Deputy Inspector Michael Endall, bringing the number of high ranking members of the NYPD to face punitive action to six. Sources said that more arrests are expected to come in connection with this investigation.