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Seven members of the NYPD arrested in prostitution and gambling probe: Prosecutors

September 13, 2018  |  Posted by: Michael Falzarano
Seven members of the NYPD arrested in prostitution and gambling probe: Prosecutors

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Seven members of the NYPD arrested in prostitution and gambling probe.

Authorities in New York City arrested seven members of the NYPD following a multiyear probe into a gambling and prostitution ring.

NYPD officials said the investigation led by the Internal Affairs Bureau began in 2015 after receiving information from a fellow officer into possible illegal activity, ABC7 reported.

The Queens District Attorney’s Office said among those arrested in the case included three sergeants, two detectives, two officers, and dozens of civilians.

Sources told ABC7 that the officers implicated in the case include:

–Sgt. Cliff Nieves, Transit Bureau Investigation, charged with promoting prostitution;

–Sgt. Louis Failla, Patrol Borough Queens South, charged with official misconduct;

–Sgt. Carlos Cruz, 69th Precinct Det. Squad, charged with enterprise corruption;

–Det. Rene Samaniego, Brooklyn South Vice, charged with enterprise corruption;

–Det. Gionanny Rojas-Acosta, Central Investigation Division, charged with enterprise corruption;

–Officer Steven Nieves, 84th Precinct, charged with promoting prostitution;

–Officer Giancarlo Raspanti, 109th Precinct, charged with official misconduct.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill released the following statement:

“There is no place in the NYPD for criminal or unethical behavior. The penalty will be swift and severe,” Police Commissioner James O’Neill said in a released a statement.

Arraignment for the suspects is scheduled for Thursday in Queens Supreme Court.

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