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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

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A New York Fire Department inspector has been accused of bribery after allegedly offering cash to a Department of Buildings inspector in exchange for ignoring a violation for construction work being done without a permit at the fire prevention inspector’s home.

According to the New York Department of Investigation, Angelo Young, 47, of Brooklyn, NY, has been charged with two counts of bribery in the third degree and obstructing governmental administration in the second degree in the case.

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Authorities accuse the fire inspector of giving the buildings inspector a card with $300 cash to scrap the violation at his residence.

Young, a fire prevention inspector who joined the department in February 2010, was said to have “inappropriately displayed his FDNY shield and identification to receive preferential treatment.” He was suspended by the FDNY upon his arrest.

If convicted, he faces seven years in prison on each of the bribery charges and one year for the related charge.

Bribery Details

The criminal complaint alleges that the city’s Department of Buildings issued Young a notice of violation for work without a permit at his residence in Marine Park, Brooklyn, on Aug. 30 and served him with a stop work order.

The following day, Young allegedly contacted an undercover investigator acting as a DOB inspector and indicated he was a FDNY inspector.

When Young was told that the violation hadn’t been entered into the system, he requested a meeting, the complaint says. During that meeting Sept. 2, Young indicated that as a fire prevention inspector he “squashes summonses” and requested the same courtesy from his fellow inspector, the complaint alleges. He allegedly offered $300 to remove the violation.

He asked the undercover inspector to meet him off-duty and returned the notice of violation that had been posted on his property.

On Sept. 21, prosecutors say an unidentified passenger in a car driven by Young handed the undercover agent an envelope that stated “Happy Birthday.” In the envelope, there was a card and $300 in cash.

The investigation was conducted by the DOI’s Office of the Inspector General and is being prosecuted by the Kings County District Attorney’s Office.

   

Tagged categories: Building codes; Criminal acts; Ethics; Fraud; Government; Inspection; Renovation

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