A joint FBI and NYPD investigation has ensnared current and retired cops — two from Long Island — for leading a scheme in which car wreckage was misdirected to a towing company in exchange for thousands of dollars in bribes, officials said Friday.
Arrested Friday morning on federal bribery and other charges, NYPD officers James Davneiro, 42, of Bayside, and Giancarlo Osma, 39, of Deer Park, who both worked at Queens’ 107th Precinct. Michael Perri, 32, of East Islip, who retired as an NYPD officer in 2020 and had also worked at the 107th Precinct, was also charged, officials noted.
Davneiro holds the rank of detective, joined the NYPD in July 2001 and has no disciplinary records, according to personal records online. Osma, a patrol cop, joined the NYPD in July 2008 and his personal records show he had two disciplinary complaints in 2017, including one in which he failed to properly report a matter to Internal Affairs for which he was been moored 20 days vacation.
The three defendants were due to be arraigned Friday night in federal court in Brooklyn before Magistrate Judge Lois Bloom on charges of conspiracy and interstate bribery.
According to a statement released by Jacquelyn Kasulis, Acting U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, the tow truck program began in May 2020 when Davneiro and Osma, after responding to car accidents, would direct damaged vehicles to an approved wrecker. . trucking and auto repair shop operated by Perri. The two cops allegedly received a few thousand dollars in bribes, according to the indictment. The direction of business to Perri was allegedly done in violation of a special NYPD program, known as the Directed Accident Response Program, or DARP, which required the department to select appropriate towing companies and not independent companies to respond to accidents, Kasulis said.
The two-count indictment alleged that the defendants circumvented the DARP program. In one case, Perri is accused of having “routed a $1,600 bribe to Osma” in April 2021, then another round of payments in May 2021 of $1,000 to Osma and $1,000 to Davneiro, according to the indictment. The indictment further charged the two active-duty cops with diverting “one or more vehicles” involved in crashes to Perri’s business during the months of April and May. Perri’s company was not identified in court documents.
Friday’s arrests were the second in an investigation that earlier this year nabbed three other defendants, two current NYPD cops and another retired service member, all from Long Island, accused of participating in a scheme of four years to circumvent the randomized tow truck selection system.
NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea said in a statement that the arrests were the latest in an ongoing investigation involving the department’s Office of Internal Affairs. A department spokesperson said Davneiro and Osma were suspended without pay after their arrests.