Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark today announced that a former New York City Police Department lieutenant has pleaded guilty to Official Misconduct and agreed to repay compensation he received for claiming salary and overtime at his Bronx precinct when he was actually working a private detail at Yankee Stadium.
District Attorney Clark said, “What makes this crime by a police officer even worse is that the defendant served as his precinct’s Integrity Control Officer, who is supposed to root out corruption-prone officers. He has resigned from his job and will pay restitution of the few thousand dollars that was hardly worth disgracing his uniform.”
District Attorney Clark said the defendant, Archie Van Putten, 47, who was an NYPD lieutenant assigned to the 42nd Precinct in Morrisania, pleaded guilty today before Bronx Supreme Court Justice Marc Whiten to Official Misconduct, an A misdemeanor. Van Putten has agreed to repay $3,453.62 in restitution.
District Attorney Clark said that, according to the investigation by the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau, on at least 20 occasions from 2014 to 2016, Van Putten reported to the 42nd Precinct for work, but instead of completing an 8-hour shift, he would leave early and work for a private vendor, the Yankee Stadium Paid Detail. Three times, Van Putten also reported working overtime, when he was in fact working for a private vendor.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorneys Ann Lee and Allison Riesel of the Public Integrity Bureau, under the supervision of Omer Wiczyk, Deputy Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau, and Wanda Perez-Maldonado, Chief of the Public Integrity Bureau, and the overall supervision of Stuart Levy, Deputy Chief of the Investigations Division and Jean T. Walsh, Chief of the Investigations Division.