An NYPD officer from Hempstead was charged with insurance fraud in Brooklyn federal court on Wednesday after officials said he collected on an arson-for-hire of his Range Rover.
Carlos Becker, 39, collected $33,000 from Geico after he falsely reported a car stolen to the Nassau County Police Department that he had arranged to have burned in 2012, a criminal complaint said. A financing company got $29,000 and he kept $4,000, the complaint said.
He may have also been involved in phony insurance claims on an Audi and a BMW, the complaint said.
The car was destroyed by two co-conspirators whom Becker failed to pay, the complaint said, and one of them talked to law enforcement and later recorded a conversation with Becker. His claim that it was stolen without his key was impossible because of anti-theft technology in the Range Rover, the government said.
Becker, a 12-year NYPD veteran, has been suspended, his lawyer said. He was detained after a court hearing Wednesday, and is due back in court on Friday. His lawyer had no comment on the charges.