A suspended Westchester police chaplain was among those charged Monday in a federal corruption probe.
Suspended Westchester County police chaplain Jeremy Reichberg engineered a scheme to provide "lavish benefits to high-ranking members of the NYPD," U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said.
Reichberg was charged in Manhattan federal court with conspiring to commit honest services wire fraud for a bribery scheme involving the receipt of tens of thousands of dollars in meals, trips, home renovations, and other benefits in exchange for an array of official NYPD actions, including private police escorts, ticket fixing, and assistance in settling private disputes.
“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. "Jeremy Reichberg allegedly showered senior police officials, Commanding Officers Michael Harrington and James Grant, with bribes, and in exchange, got ‘cops on call,’ a private police force for themselves and their friends."
The 42-year-old Reichberg has also been targeted in probes of fundraising by New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Bharara praised the investigative work of the FBI, the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau, and the Internal Revenue Service’s Criminal Investigations Division, and noted that the investigation is continuing.
Reichberg is a Brooklyn resident.