Four NYPD officials were busted Monday morning as part of the sweeping federal corruption probe rocking the police department and Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office, law enforcement sources told The Post.
Deputy Chief Michael Harrington, Deputy Inspector James Grant, Sgt. David Villanueva and Richard Ochetal were arrested at their homes at 6 a.m. by FBI agents and hauled into 26 Federal Plaza in lower Manhattan, sources said.
The arrests mark the first time NYPD officers have been charged in the 2½-year probe, which focuses on lavish gifts and vacations that cops allegedly accepted in exchange for official services, such as security details and police escorts.
De Blasio’s buddy, Jeremy Reichberg, a police buff known for his NYPD connections, was also taken away in handcuffs. Reichberg, the proprietor of a venture capital firm, allegedly gave gifts to several officers in return for favors.
U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara and FBI officials were to detail the charges against the four defendants at a news conference later Monday morning.