Ex-NYPD cop gets 18 months for role in gun licensing bribery scheme
By Chris Eger
Prosecutors hailed the sentencing Thursday of a corrupt ex-cop whose racket to arrange gun permits for the right price “ended not with dollar signs, but in prison cells.”
Paul Dean, a former lieutenant with the New York Police Department, was sentenced to 18 months in prison by a federal judge for his part in a long-running bribery scheme involving the approval of notoriously hard-to-get gun licenses by the NYPD License Division in which he was the second-in-command.
“As a high-ranking officer and supervisor in the NYPD’s License Division, Paul Dean was entrusted with ensuring the integrity of the process for issuing gun licenses in New York City,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Geoffrey S. Berman. “Instead of embracing that trust and focusing on the safety of New Yorkers, he monetized it for his own benefit and enabled officers under his command to do the same. Together with our partners in law enforcement, my office has worked tirelessly to make sure those efforts by Dean and others involved ended not with dollar signs, but in prison cells.”
Court documents show that Dean joined the department in 1994 and began serving in the licensing division more than a decade ago before retiring in 2016. In his