Alex Lichtenstein Charged with Bribery

POMONA – U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York, Preet Bharara, announced that, 44 year old, Alex Lichtenstein, of Pomona has been charged with one count of bribery and one count of conspiracy. The charge alleges that within the NYC Police Department’s License Division, Lichtenstein used connections to secure 150 gun licenses that in turn were resold to customers. Recently, those police connections stopped providing the licenses and in early April, it is alleged that Lichtenstein then bribed a different source in the police department paying $6,000 per gun license application he could obtain. That officer referred the offense to city police department’s Internal Affairs Bureau. A sting operation set up by the Bureau and the Federal Bureau of Investigation recorded a conversation between Lichtenstein and a police officer in regards to obtaining gun licenses for money. The US Attorney’s office stated that Lichtenstein was a member of the Borough Park Shomrim, “a volunteer, ostensibly unarmed Orthodox Jewish patrol society whose mission includes combating criminal activity and locating missing people.” The penalty for bribery is 10 years in prison and a maximum of 5 years for conspiracy. The investigation is ongoing.

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