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NYPD officer arrested on fraud and identity theft charges

NEW YORK - A police officer with the NYPD was arrested on charges of access device fraud, mail fraud, and identity theft.  John Montanez was arrested Tuesday at his residence in the Bronx, New York, and presented in Manhattan federal court.

Montanez, 28, is charged with one count of access device fraud, one count of mail fraud, and one count of aggravated identity theft.  He faces a maximum sentence of 32 years in prison, with a mandatory minimum term of two years in prison.  The maximum potential sentence in this case is prescribed by Congress and is provided here for informational purposes only, as any sentencing of the defendant will be determined by the judge.

In 2011, an individual, who subsequently agreed to cooperate with law enforcement, and who is referred to in the complaint as the “CW,” informed Montanez that the CW had a suspended and/or revoked driver’s license.  In response, MONTANEZ offered to provide the CW with the name and driver’s license number of a real person – so that if the CW were stopped by law enforcement, the CW could pretend to be someone else – in return for electronic items that the CW would purchase for Montanez with fraudulently obtained or stolen credit cards.

“These charges evidence not only a significant breach of trust and abuse of authority but also serious criminal conduct on the part of a public servant,” NYPD Commissioner William Bratton said.  “I commend the well-coordinated efforts of the federal and state prosecutors, the FBI and our Internal Affairs Bureau in developing this case.”