NYPD Cops Arrested In Connection to Prostitution Ring Identified

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NEW YORK — Multiple New York City Police Department officers have been arrested and charged for their alleged participation in a gambling and prostitution ring. The crooked cops reportedly ran the ring in Queens.

Seven officers from various ranks were arrested in the sting—along with multiple citizens.

The officers were identified as follows:

Cruz, Carlos
41 year-old male
NYPD Sergeant

Charge:
Enterprise Corruption

Failla, Louis
49 year-old male
NYPD Sergeant

Charges:
Official Misconduct (4 Counts)

Nieves, Cliff
37 year-old male
NYPD Sergeant

Charges:
Promoting Prostitution

Nieves, Steven
32 year-old male
NYPD Police Officer

Charges:
Promoting Prostitution

Raspanti, Giancarlo
43 year-old male
NYPD Police Officer

Charges:
Receiving Reward for Official Misconduct
Official Misconduct (2 counts)

Rojas-Acosta, Giovanny
40 year-old male
NYPD Detective

Charges:
Enterprise Corruption

Samaniego, Rene
43 year-old male
NYPD Detective

Charges:
Enterprise Corruption (2 counts)

NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill released the following statement: Today, those who swore an oath and then betrayed it have felt the consequences of that infidelity. The people of this Department are rightly held to the highest standard, and should they fail to meet it, the penalty will be swift and severe. I thank Deputy Commissioner Joseph Reznick for the thorough investigation performed by the Internal Affairs Bureau, in partnership with the Queens District Attorney’s Office, in rooting out this illicit activity. His unit initiated this probe and in doing so, has sent a clear message: there is no place in the NYPD for criminal or unethical behavior.”

The Queens County District Attorney’s Office is handling the case.

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