- Associated Press - Thursday, March 1, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) - A former New York Police Department official has pleaded guilty to giving special police benefits to a community leader he considered a friend.

Ex-Deputy Chief Michael Harrington entered the plea in Manhattan federal court Thursday to a charge of misapplication of property valued at $5,000 or more.

His plea deal with prosecutors recommends he be sentenced to no more than six months in prison, if at all. His lawyer, Andrew Weinstein, noted afterward that bribery charges the 52-year-old Staten Island resident once faced will be dismissed.

Harrington admitted arranging services including a police escort for a funeral, counterterrorism protection at a midtown Manhattan synagogue at Jewish holidays and for disabled children to observe NYPD training.

Sentencing is set for June 11.

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