Ex-cop: NYPD gun license division was a bribery machine

David Villanueva (left) and John Chambers They might as well have a had a hotline: 1-800-GIFTS4GUNS. A former city cop spilled his guts Tuesday, telling Manhattan jurors about years worth of bribes he and his fellow officers received for doling out gun permits — everything from cash, prostitutes and expensive watches to baseball memorabilia and exotic vacations. David Villanueva, an ex-supervisor in the NYPD’s License Division, said he and other cops — including officers Richard Ochetel and Robert Espinel and Lt. Paul Dean — were on the take for years from so-called gun expeditors. In exchange, the officers doled out pistol permits like candy — even to people who should not have had them, Villanueva said. One expeditor, he said, may have had ties to organized crime. Another got help with 100 gun permits over the years — “none” of which should have been approved. Villanueva gave the testimony […]

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