Feds charge Shomrim member with bribing NYPD staff to get gun licenses

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NEW YORK — Federal prosecutors have charged a man with trying to bribe members of the New York City Police Department to obtain gun licenses for people who otherwise would not qualify.

Alex Lichtenstein was charged in a criminal complaint Monday in Manhattan federal court. His lawyer did not immediately return a message seeking comment.

The court papers said Lichtenstein was arrested Sunday at his residence in Pomona, New York. The complaint said Lichtenstein, also known as Shaya, is a member of the Shomrim in Borough Park, Brooklyn.

Shomrim is a volunteer, ostensibly unarmed Orthodox Jewish Patrol society whose mission includes combatting criminal activity and locating missing people.

The complaint said Lichtenstein from 2013 through February had conspired with others to pay bribes to obtain gun permits for others.