Two current NYPD officers and one former NYPD officer have been arrested by the FBI and NYPD Internal Affairs on bribery- and conspiracy-related charges for allegedly steering department towing jobs to a single company.
All three, including a former officer who retired last year, worked out of the 107th Precinct in Queens.
Those charged include former NYPD officer Michael Perri of East Islip, who worked for the towing company, and who was allegedly involved in bribing the two current NYPD officers -- Giancarlo Osma of Deer Park and James Davneiro of Bayside -- to steer all towing jobs in their precinct to Perri's company.
The indictment against the three alleges that they ran their scheme for at least a year, through May 2021, and that Perri paid Osma and Davneiro thousands of dollars in cash bribes.
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All three defendants were expected to appear in federal court in Brooklyn late Friday. The government is not seeking to detain them pending trial.
The Police Benevolent Association said it is not providing representation, which is not unusual when officers are accused in federal corruption investigations.
A request for comment to federal public defenders handling at least one of the officers' cases was not immediately returned.
“Accepting bribes as a law enforcement officer in lieu of following legal procedure is against the law and won't be tolerated. Those charged today aren't representative of the tens of thousands of men and women who serve the NYPD with honor day in and day out and, as such, will be held accountable for their alleged crime,” FBI Assistant Director-in-Charge Michael Driscoll said in a statement.