NEW YORK – A Borough Park Shomrim member who pleaded guilty to bribing New York City police officers to get gun permits has been sentenced to nearly three years in prison.
Alex “Shaya” Lichtenstein was sentenced Thursday in Manhattan federal court. Judge Sidney Stein said Lichtenstein must serve two years, eight months in prison after weakening the faith New York City residents have in their police department.
He also must forfeit $230,000.
Lichtenstein said he was “very, very sorry.” The 45-year-old Pomona, New York, resident pleaded guilty to bribery charges in November.
He admitted participating from 2013 to 2016 in a scheme in which he offered officers thousands of dollars in bribes for each gun license.
Prosecutors say he had bragged that he’d gotten at least 150 licenses for people to carry guns.