June 22 2012
Preet Bharara, the United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, announced today that ALFREDO RIVERA, a retired New York City Police Department (“NYPD”) Officer, was sentenced in Manhattan federal court to 15 years in prison for participating in a conspiracy to distribute cocaine and possessing a firearm in connection with the conspiracy. RIVERA was convicted on February 3, 2012 following a four-day jury trial before United States District Judge Katherine B. Forrest, who also imposed today’s sentence.
Manhattan U. S. Attorney Preet Bharara said: “In addition to breaking the law, Alfredo Rivera betrayed the public, his former department, and his former fellow officers. The message of today’s sentence is that those who abuse their positions of public trust for their own personal gain will be punished. ”