New York Daily News

June 11, 2005

Cop probed as union funds vanish

By Nancie L. Katz and Alison Gendar

A Brooklyn police union official was bounced from his position after he refused to explain how $1,000 worth of union checks were improperly cashed at a Long Island bar.

NYPD Officer Philip Repaci was forced to resign Tuesday from his post as Brooklyn North trustee, Patrolmen's Benevolent Association President Patrick Lynch confirmed yesterday.

"Because of his refusal to cooperate, I immediately removed him from his trustee position," Lynch said. "Let this serve as a message that any breach of our membership's trust will result in swift and sure action."

The union's probe has led to a separate inquiry by the NYPD Internal Affairs Bureau, police sources said.

Repaci, who declined to comment, has been transferred from Brooklyn North narcotics to a housing bureau in upper Manhattan during the inquiry, the sources said.

He came under scrutiny after a PBA delegate complained about not getting a stipend check, the sources said.

The PBA hired former federal prosecutor Thomas Puccio to investigate, and he discovered that checks to three delegates had been cashed at the same Long Island bar, the sources said.