A high-ranking Brooklyn cop has been stripped of his badge and gun over ties to a key figure in an alleged $1 million NYPD bribery scheme.
Lt. Michael Andreano of the 66th Precinct in Borough Park was put on desk duty as part of the wide-ranging corruption probe that has already resulted in pending charges against three NYPD bosses, sources said.
Andreano is suspected of having improper dealings with Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein, a leader of the Borough Park “Shomrim” patrol who in April was busted on bribery and conspiracy charges involving pistol permits, sources said.
“This guy was tight with Shaya and would go out of his way to accommodate him,” a source said.
Andreano served as a community-affairs sergeant in the 66th Precinct before getting promoted to lieutenant in 2015 and transferred to the 60 Precinct in West Brighton.
He was transferred back to the 66th after “a month or two,” sources said, and put in charge of Special Operations there.
Andreano’s return was announced at a Community Council meeting in September 2015, according to the KensingtonBK blog.
Lichtenstein was allegedly recorded offering a whistleblowing cop $6,000 a pop to “expedite” approval of pistol permits for members of Brooklyn’s Orthodox Jewish community.
During that conversation, Lichtenstein used a calculator to show that 150 permits would be worth $900,000, according to the feds.
He also allegedly bragged that he had already scored 150 permits for clients who paid him up to $18,000 each for the service but said he had lost his connection in the NYPD’s License Division.
Earlier this month, a prosecutor revealed there had been “continuous discussions” for Lichtenstein to strike a plea deal, and a judge gave both sides until Nov. 3 to come to terms or proceed with the case.
The cop who secretly recorded Lichtenstein, former License Division member David Ochetal, secretly pleaded guilty and agreed to cooperate with authorities after admitting that he had accepted “lunch money” from Lichtenstein.
The lieutenants union declined to comment on Andreano’s behalf.