Three ex-cops plead guilty to running tow scheme out of Fresh Meadows 107th Precinct: Feds – QNS.com

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Three retired NYPD officers have pleaded guilty in Brooklyn federal court to leading a bribery scheme when they were assigned to the 107th Precinct in Fresh Meadows.

James Davniero, 43, of Bayside, on Nov. 17 pleaded guilty to conspiring to participate in a scheme to direct vehicles damaged in collisions to a licensed auto recovery and repair company in violation of the Directed Accident Response (DARP) from the NYPD in exchange for thousands of dollars in bribes.

Former NYPD officer Michael Oerri, 33, of East Islip, Long Island, on Nov. 15 pleaded guilty to conspiring to participate in the scheme, and former NYPD officer Osma Giancarlo, 40, of Deer Park, Long Island, pleaded guilty to conspiring to participate in the program on November 16.

“These three officers abused the public trust and dishonored their NYPD badges by lining their pockets with bribes,” U.S. Attorney Breon Peace said. “This office will continue to work closely with our law enforcement partners to vigorously investigate and prosecute the corruption of those who are sworn to apply and uphold the law.”

The three cops were working in the 107th Precinct when the program began when Michael Perri retired in June 2020 and began operating the towing and repair business that received the damaged vehicles, prosecutors said.

According to court documents, between May 2020 and Mat 2021, Davniero and Isma received thousands of dollars in cash in the form of bribes from Perri in exchange for executive vehicles damaged in collisions with his operation instead of use the NYPD’s DARP, as required by law. The DARP requires the NYPD to identify properly licensed auto recovery and repair companies to respond to vehicular accident scenes and remove damaged vehicles.

“Our Office of Internal Affairs investigators have worked hard in this case because there is zero tolerance at the NYPD for corruption of any kind,” NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said. “We have worked tirelessly on this case, alongside our partners in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the United States Attorney’s Office, to ensure that those who are sworn to serve and protect the public but violate that trust face serious consequences.”

As part of their respective plea agreements, Davniero agreed to forfeit $25,000, Osma agreed to forfeit $26,011, and Perri agreed to forfeit $156,277. Once convicted, the three defendants risk up to five years in prison.

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