FDNY Inspector Charged in Massive Day Care Fraud Scheme

Carlos Montoya allegedly accepted payments to overlook safety violations

Saturday, Jan 7, 2012  |  Updated 12:09 AM EDT
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Carlos Montoya, the FDNY's supervising inspector was arrested in Brooklyn Friday morning.

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Carlos Montoya, the New York City Fire Department's Supervising Inspector, was arrested and charged Friday with participating in a massive bribery scheme involving Brooklyn day care centers.

According to a statement from the Manhattan U.S. Attorney's office, Montoya collected tens of thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for overlooking potential safety violations at day care centers. He also allegedly pumped more than $1 million in funds, intended to help low-income parents pay for childcare, to the centers willing to pay the bribe.

Montoya was arrested in Brooklyn Friday and brought to federal court in Manhattan. Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, and Rose Gill Hearn, the Commissioner of the city's Investigation Department, announced the charges against him.

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