Four NYPD officers plead not guilty in connection with auto insurance scam
Four NYPD officers pleaded not guilty in Bronx Supreme Court Thursday for allegedly being involved in an insurance scam.
The officers were arrested Wednesday as a result of a two-year investigation by the Bronx District Attorney, which uncovered a widespread insurance scam. According to the Bronx District Attorney's Office, officers Julian Martinez, Irvin Maldonado, Ernesto Colon and Trinidad Martinez filled out fake accident reports and then had civilians file insurance claims in order to collect money. Two of the officers were stationed at precincts in the Bronx.
Efrain Colon and Henry Mendez are also accused in the scam. They allegedly worked out of a barbershop to recruit fake victims. In total, 16 people are charged with bribery, grand larceny and insurance fraud.
The lawyer for the defendants says they are decent hardworking folks, and claims the DA is staging an orchestrated dance with this case.
The Bronx DA says the medical clinics that processed the claims are still under investigation.