NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A former Brooklyn neighborhood patrol leader was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison Thursday, in what prosecutors described as a scheme to bribe officers to get gun permits.
Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein, 45, also must forfeit $230,000.READ MORE: Police: Suspect Attacks Man In Hell's Kitchen, Steals Wallet
“By engaging in an egregious scheme to trade cash for gun licenses, Alex Lichtenstein and his co-defendants in the New York City Police Department corrupted the sensitive process of evaluating gun license applications in New York City,” Acting Manhattan U.S. Attorney Joon H. Kim said in a news release. “Today’s sentence shows that individuals who so brazenly abuse the public’s trust in law enforcement – whether they are the officers receiving bribes or the citizens paying them – will be held to account for their crimes.”READ MORE: Suspect Arrested In Christmas Eve Lamborghini Crash That Killed Queens Woman
Last November, Lichtenstein pleaded guilty to bribing police to give him gun permits without doing background checks or providing justification for owning a gun.MORE NEWS: Thurgood Marshall Human Rights Monument Unveiled In Rockland County
Prosecutors alleged that Lichtenstein bought at least 25 licenses and resold them for thousands of dollars.