Officers Charged with Towing Company Bribery Scheme

Three Current and Former NYPD Police Officers Charged with Towing Company Bribery Scheme
Retired Officer also Charged with Drug Trafficking and Firearm Offenses

(STL.News) A nine-count indictment was unsealed today in federal court in Brooklyn charging Heather Busch, Robert Hassett, and Robert Smith with five counts of using interstate facilities to commit bribery and two counts of conspiracy to violate the Travel Act.  Smith is also charged with attempting to transport at least one kilogram of heroin and possessing a firearm during the commission of that crime.  During the relevant period, Smith, Busch, and Hassett were New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) police officers assigned to the 105th Precinct in Queens.  Smith retired from the NYPD in March 2020.

The defendants were arrested this morning and will be arraigned this afternoon before United States Chief Magistrate Judge Cheryl L. Pollak.

Mark J. Lesko, Acting United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, William F. Sweeney, Jr. Assistant Director-in-Charge, Federal Bureau of Investigation, New York Field Office (FBI), and Dermot F. Shea, Commissioner, NYPD, announced the charges.

“As alleged, the defendants shamelessly violated their oaths of office and the public trust by trading their badges for cash payments,” stated Acting United States Attorney Lesko. 

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