Brooklyn Shomrim accused of bribing NYPD officers for gun permits

A Rockland County man is accused of bribing New York City police officers to obtain gun licenses for clients without required background checks. Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Alex Lichtenstein

News 12 Staff

Apr 19, 2016, 3:52 PM

Updated 3,013 days ago

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A Rockland County man is accused of bribing New York City police officers to obtain gun licenses for clients without required background checks.
Federal prosecutors say 44-year-old Alex Lichtenstein was caught on tape offering an officer $6,000 per license, and saying he's already obtained up to 150 permits from other officers.
Prosecutors have identified Lichtenstein as a member of the Shomrim, an orthodox Jewish anti-crime volunteer patrol in Borough Park. 
Lichtenstein was released on a $500,000 bail. 
Five senior NYPD officials have been reassigned, and a community affairs detective was suspended after he refused to testify before a grand jury amid a federal corruption probe. 


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