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Former Brewster cop sentenced for sex-bribery scheme

Officer had helped prostitution rings evade police

Posted 5/10/24

A former Brewster cop has been sentenced to three years in prison for protecting members of two Queens-based prostitution businesses from law enforcement in exchange for sex, which he occasionally engaged in at the Putnam County village's police station, federal officials said. 

The former officer, Wayne Peiffer, 51, of Highland, New York, had pleaded guilty in March 2022 to participating in a conspiracy to commit Hobbs Act extortion and conspiracy to commit bribery, the U.S. Attorney Office for the Eastern District of New York said in a statement following the sentencing in Brooklyn federal court Thursday. 

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