While nobody in their right mind is going to be surprised that there was corruption happening in New York politics, perhaps it is who the scandal involves that will give you pause for concern. Mayor Bill De Blasio – who is a TOP supporter of the Hillary Clinton Presidential Campaign – is facing investigation into his fundraising practices after 4 NYPD officials and close friend Jeremy Reichberg were arrested.


From New York Post:

Four NYPD officials — including three high-ranking cops — have been busted as part of the sweeping federal corruption probe rocking the police department and Mayor de Blasio’s office, federal prosecutors announced Monday.

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“It is a hearbreaking thing,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said. “An officer who betrays his badge betrays every honorable officer.”

Deputy Chief Michael Harrington, Deputy Inspector James Grant, and Sgt. David Villanueva were arrested at their homes at 6 a.m. on Monday by FBI agents and hauled into 26 Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan, sources said. Officer Richard Ochetal has already pleaded guilty to accepting bribes in exchange for expediting gun permit applications, prosecutors revealed.

The arrests mark the first time NYPD officers have been charged in the 2 ½ year probe, which has focused on lavish gifts and vacations cops accepted in exchange for official services, such as security details and police escorts.

De Blasio’s buddy, Jeremy Reichberg — a Brooklyn businessman known for his NYPD connections — was also arrested Monday by federal agents and NYPD Internal Affairs officers, who have assisted in the sprawling investigation.

“The alleged conduct violates the basic principle that public servants are to serve the public, not help themselves to cash and benefits just for doing their jobs,” Bharara said.

Under the federal indictment unsealed by Bharara, Grant, Harrington and Reichberg were all charged with one count of conspiracy to commit honest services wire fraud. Each faces a maximum of 20 years in prison if convicted.

Ochetal has already pleaded guilty to one count of bribery and faces up to 10 years in prison. Villanueva faces up to 15 years in prison on bribery and conspiracy charges. Both formerly worked in the NYPD’s gun licensing unit and were accused of selling firearm licenses in exchange for bribes.

Could some of this ill-gotten money have been spread to the Clinton campaign? Only time will tell but for now it can be confidently said that Clinton doesn’t exactly surround herself with the most honorable people.

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