NYPD cops arrested, charged with taking bribes

Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the two officers "tarnished their NYPD badges by exploiting the misfortune of others to unjustly enrich themselves."  Credit: Metro Photo Archive
Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said the two officers “tarnished their NYPD badges by exploiting the misfortune of others to unjustly enrich themselves.”
Credit: Metro Photo Archive

Two NYPD police officers in Queens were arrested and charged with taking cash bribes for copies of official NYPD accident reports, Queens District Attorney Richard Brown and Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced on Tuesday.

The two officers, 36-year-old Danny Cano and 44-year-old Roberto Espinal, were actually working separately, D.A. Brown said, but running the same “accident victim solicitation scheme.”

They would take bribes ranging from as little as $40 to as much as $1,500 to provide accident reports or accident report information to “runners” who would use the reports or information to track down accident victims and take them to specific medical clinics and doctors. The doctors and clinics would profit from these cases involving insurance providers.

The two officers each face up to seven years in prison if convicted. Their next court appearance is scheduled for Oct. 9.

 

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