NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Authorities say a New York City firefighter is accused of taking bribes and ignoring safety violations at day cares.

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Prosecutors say FDNY Supervising Inspector Carlos Montoya was arrested on charges he played a role in a $1 million day care fraud scheme.

The 54-year-old is accused of taking tens of thousands of dollars to ignore safety violations and approve various buildings to be used as day care facilities for children under the age of two.

Prosecutors said Montoya’s actions could have endangered the children.

After a brief court appearance, lawyers said Montoya has served the city for over 20 years with an unblemished record.

Sixteen other people have been arrested in the day care center probe led by the federal prosecutors and the city Department of Investigation.

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Comments (5)
  1. Mack Seagrave says:

    “Prosecutors say F.D.N.Y. Supervising Inspector Carlos Montoya was arrested” :For the benefit of folks who are reading this story, there is no such title in F.D.N.Y.’s uniformed force. If the title is correct, that means that the person in question is a civilian employee of the department NOT a Firefighter.

  2. LI Volley says:

    This is for the idiot firefighters of the FDNY that bash the volleys all the time. This guy seems like a real professional. A good example of many at the fdny. I know there are a lot of great people at the FDNY so I dont go around bashing them. This is for the few idiots that bash other firefighters because they do it for free. BITE ME!

  3. xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx says:

    Carlos Montoya another example that minority forced hiring is a failure

  4. Bullett says:

    Are we to be in shock over this? I think not, especially when building and health inspectors were brought to the front pages for the same thing.

  5. Not a Fireman!! says:

    We all know there are no Minority NYC Firefighters, so this guy can not be a Fireman. He must be a Civilian Employee. Firefighters would never do something like this.

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