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Aide To Bronx Assemblywoman Arrested For Impersonating NYPD Officer

The NY Post reports:

An aide to a Bronx assemblywoman was arrested yesterday for impersonating a cop while stealing $4,000 from a man’s apartment, cops said.

Wilfredo Nazario, a staffer for Carmen Arroyo, and an unidentified accomplice flashed a fake NYPD shield and a weapon and said they were cops to get into the victim’s apartment on Intervale Avenue in Morrisania on May 18, sources said.

They allegedly told the man they were on official police busi ness, broke into a locked room and stole the money, which they claimed as part of their in vestigation.

Nazario, 31, had allegedly heard from around the neighborhood that the victim had saved up the dough to buy a used car.

A week later, Nazario was pulled over in The Bronx and cops allegedly noticed police equipment and a badge.

After a monthlong investigation, cops linked the police paraphernalia to the robbery and arrested Nazario, sources said.

The victim picked out Nazario’s mug shot from a photo array.

He was charged with burglary, robbery and criminal impersonation and was expected to be arraigned today in Bronx Criminal Court. His alleged cohort is still at large.

This isn’t the first brush with the law for those connected to the Bronx pol.

Arroyo’s grandson, Richard Izquierdo, who was also her chief of staff, pleaded guilty in March to stealing more than $115,000 over three years from a housing charity in her South Bronx district.

He charged the nonprofit for clothes, shoes, air fare and restaurant bills and shared some of the swag with his aunt, city Councilwoman Maria del Carmen Arroyo, the assemblywoman’s daughter.

The younger Arroyo has never been charged with a crime but was implicated in the recent City Council “slush fund” scandals after it was reported that she directed $130,000 in taxpayer money to the same group her nephew plundered. She also steered more than $1 million to a charter school where Izquierdo served as board chairman.

The councilwoman also received more than $15,000 in campaign contributions and office renovations from a nonprofit director, Margarita Villegas, who pleaded guilty last month to embezzlement.

(Source: NY Post / YWN-4705)

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