Federal prosecutors have charged Shaya "Alex" Lichtenstein "with bribing cops with $6,000 in cash and other goodies to expedite gun permit requests, and three officers were transferred out of the licensing unit as part of the far-reaching NYPD corruption probe" as reported by the Daily News:
Lichtenstein, who has his own gun permit, is a member of the Borough Park Shomrim, the Jewish volunteer patrol. He was arrested Sunday at his Pomona, Rockland County, home. He would charge members of the Orthodox community between $5,000 and $25,000 to expedite their gun permit requests, community sources said.
The bust is part of an ongoing probe into NYPD corruption including whether businessmen Jona Rechnitz and Jeremy Reichberg -- powerful members of the Orthodox community with close ties to Mayor Bill de Blasio -- provided high-priced gifts to high-ranking police in exchange for official action.