Did Overtime Motivate NY Cops in Rogue Drug Raids?


A Yonkers, N.Y., housing cop allegedly arranged unauthorized cocaine purchases in the hope that his role in a drug investigation would guarantee him overtime pay, reports the Journal News. But new court documents suggest that the scheme unraveled in March after the occupant of an apartment raided by police fell to his death from a third-floor window, leading to last month’s indictment of the housing cop, Neil Vera, and a narcotics detective for allegedly falsifying the search-warrant affidavit.

New court documents reveal the extent to which Vera and Detective Christian Koch allegedly deceived the judge who signed the warrant. Vera and Koch were suspended without pay following their indictments. Among other things, they are charged with getting a benefit – overtime – because of their false statements. The amount of overtime was not immediately available but officers can get hundreds of dollars for each extra shift, and even more if they are called as a witness in court.

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