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NYC corrections boss, 2 NYPD officials indicted in corruption case

Norman Seabrook, president of the New York City

Norman Seabrook, president of the New York City Correction Officers' Benevolent Association, in 2014. Credit: Bryan Smith

A federal grand jury in Manhattan late Thursday returned expected corruption indictments against New York City correction union boss Norman Seabrook and two NYPD officials, who were the subject of criminal complaints last month.

Seabrook and hedge fund founder Murray Huberfeld were indicted on conspiracy and honest services wire fraud for a scheme in which Seabrook allegedly took a $60,000 payoff in return for steering $20 million in union pension money to Huberfeld’s fund.

In the NYPD case, now-retired Deputy Chief Michael Harrington, Deputy Inspector James Grant and Brooklyn businessman Jeremy Reichberg were indicted in a payoffs-for-favors scheme on two counts of conspiracy. Reichberg was charged with two counts of wire fraud and with bribe paying. Harrington and Grant were each charged with one wire fraud count and one bribe-taking count.

Reichberg and associate Jona Rechnitz, who has been identified as a cooperating government witness in both cases, have also been linked to federal probes of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s fundraising.

Although some of the legal charges were new, neither indictment had new factual allegations. Arraignments have not yet been scheduled in the cases.

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