Wednesday, February 11, 2015
Whole lotta DOB inspectors busted for bribery
From the Daily News:
Nearly 50 city building inspectors, construction contractors and two alleged mob associates surrendered to authorities early Tuesday as part of a massive pay-to-play scheme where builders are accused of paying city employees to fast-track their projects.
A solemn stream of suspects, a mix of men and women, were led out of the 1st Precinct stationhouse in Tribeca early Tuesday in handcuffs and loaded into four vans as dawn broke across the city and a light snow fell.
The suspects said nothing as they were paraded past reporters. Most lowered their heads and tried to cover their faces with their coats as they were taken to court, where bribery charges are expected to be filed against them Tuesday afternoon.
The arrests come as construction in the city has dramatically increased in recent years.The arrests come as construction in the city has dramatically increased in recent years.
Some of the suspected schemers tried to hide their faces while being escorted by police. The arrests come as construction in the city has dramatically increased in recent years. The scheme had been playing out for years, officials said. E
About a dozen of the suspects are city building inspectors, and the rest are private and contractors scooped up in yearlong probe led by the Department of Investigation and the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Rackets Division, a police source told the Daily News.
Two suspects have mob links, the source said.