7 NYPD officers were arrested Wednesday for their involvement in a prostitution and gambling ring. Officials also said 40 civilians are expected to be arrested for involvement with the ring, including a retired NYPD detective who was a “major player” in the illegal operation.
“Today, those who swore an oath and then betrayed it have felt the consequences of that infidelity,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said. “The people of this Department are rightly held to the highest standard, and should they fail to meet it, the penalty will be swift and severe. (The Internal Affairs Bureau) initiated this probe and in doing so, has sent a clear message: there is no place in the NYPD for criminal or unethical behavior.”
3 sergeants, 2 detectives and 2 police officers were arrested and stripped of their guns and shields after being questioned by internal affairs, reported NY Daily News.
2 other detectives were not criminally charged, but were placed on modified duty and forced to turn in their weapons and badges. They are expected to face departmental charges, but not criminal charges.
CBS NY reported the IA investigation stemmed from a 2015 tip from another officer, but the arrests were not made until this week.
Sources said the Internal Affairs investigation stemmed from a 2015 tip from another officer, and resulted in the arrest of seven cops from precincts in Brooklyn and Queens.
Sergeants Carlos Cruz, 41; Louis Failla, 49; Cliff Nieves, 37; Officers Steven Nieves, 32; Giancarlo Raspanti, 43; and Detectives Giovanny Acosta-Rojas, 40; and Rene Samaniego, 43 were providing protection, as well as giving information about ongoing investigations, for the prostitution and gambling ring.
According to the Daily News, some of the officers received sex and massages as part of their bribe.