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Jona Rechnitz now the focus of NYPD corruption probe: report

Four top cops rebuked for alleged misconduct related to JSR Capital head's gifts
April 08, 2016 03:11PM


Jona Rechnitz

The reverberations from a federal investigation tied to JSR Capital’s Jona Rechnitz are already being felt with four tops cops disciplined.

The probe into alleged corruption at the New York City Police Department stems from whether the police officers — some ranking — accepted gifts and trip from Rechnitz in exchange for favors.

Rechnitz, an Africa Israel alumnus, has ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio and contributed to both his campaign and political nonprofit, Campaign for One New York.

Two of the high-ranking officers are now limited to administrative duties and had their badges and guns taken away while the other two were given less prestigious assignments, the New York Times reported.

Sources told the newspaper that while around 20 cops have been interviewed, the focus is on Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg, an influential leader in the Borough Park Orthodox Jewish community.

The two men served on de Blasio’s inauguration committee, and Rechnitz donated $50,000 to the mayor’s Campaign for One New York. Rechnitz, who heads the Manhattan-based real estate investment firm, and his wife contributed $9,900 for de Blasio’s mayoral run in 2013, according to records.

De Blasio said on Wednesday that he is waiting to see the results of the investigation before making any determination about the past donations from the businessmen. It was reported last month that de Blasio’s controversial Campaign for One New York, which took in $1.1 million from real estate players, is shutting down.

The Times could not reach Reichberg for comment and Rechnitz’s lawyer told the newspaper his client had not been notified he was the subject of any inquiry. [NYT]Dusica Sue Malesevic