An investigation is underway following claims two married police officials had sex with a prostitute during a private trip to Las Vegas that was funded by a major donor to Mayor Bill de Blasio.
The New York Post reports the two men, named by sources as Deputy Inspector James Grant and Detective Michael Milici, were on the flight from New Jersey to Las Vegas in 2014 and had sex with the woman on the way to Sin City and while travelling home.
The woman was reportedly dressed as a flight attendant and asked the men; ‘Coffee, tea or me?’
The trip was paid for by Jona Rechnitz and the men were joined by Jeremy Reichberg – who like Rechnitz is an Orthodox Jewish businessmen.
Rechnitz and businessman Jeremy Reichberg are being looked at in a federal corruption probe.
It is not clear who paid for the prostitute, and whether or not this was her only private trip during which she provided services to officers.
It has been reported the pair are being investigated after allegedly giving the NYPD money and gifts so they could get favors.
The probe started with New York City Correction Officer’s Benevolent Association president Norman Seabrook being investigated by Manhattan US Attorney Preet Bharara.
Deputy Inspector James Grant is among a number of officials who have been relieved of their guns and badges, and the probe is now looking into Rechnitz’s and Reichberg’s fundraising.
Jeremy Reichberg (left) and Jona Rechnitz (right) with former top NYPD officer Philip Banks (center) at a charity dinner. The two businessmen are said to have been on board the flight to Las Vegas
Deputy Insp Grant, head of the 19th Precinct, was relieved of his badge and gun amid claims that he accepted cash and diamonds from Jeremy Reichberg, a friend of the mayor.
The probe centers on allegations that Reichberg and real estate investor Rechnitz, both Orthodox Jewish businessmen, who are both major donors to de Blasio, gave cash, diamonds and overseas trips to cops in return for favors — including providing security for large Jewish funerals.
Lawyers for Grant and Milici told the Post their clients denied the allegations. Rechnitz declined to comment.
Reichberg’s lawyer told the Post: ‘Jeremy Reichberg is a good man who has helped many in his community.
‘He has not committed any crime and does not deserve the constant false attacks to which he has been subjected in the press.’
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has said that the current corruption scandal is the worst the city has seen in over four decades.