NEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say a New York City Fire Department inspector from Brooklyn is accused of accepting bribes from day care centers in exchange for certifying that they complied with safety standards.
FDNY Supervising Inspector Carlos Montoya was arrested on charges he played a role in a $1 million day-care fraud scheme. Authorities say Montoya accepted thousands of dollars to ignore or minimize fire safety violations at day care centers.
Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says Montoya’s actions could have endangered the children.
A lawyer representing the 54-year-old Brooklyn man said his client was shocked and saddened by the charges.
Attorney Oliver Storch said his client has an unblemished record of service to the city.
Sixteen other people have been arrested in the day care center probe led by the federal prosecutors and the city Department of Investigation.