New York Daily News

Dec. 1, 2011


 

PBA questions retirement of Internal Affairs Bureau cop who led the NYPD ticket-fixing investigation

Sources say Internal Affairs detective launched own probe against fellow cop, Jennara Everleth-Cobb

BY Rocco Parascandola
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

    Patrick Lynch ran un-opposed for his seat as president of the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. Rob Bennet for News
  Richard Harbus for the New York Daily News
  Cops protest at Bronx Supreme Court in October after 17 of New York's Finest were indicted on ticket-fixing charges. Detective Randy Katakofsky, the lead investigator in the probe, may be hit with departmental charges when he launched his own investigation against fellow cop, Jennara Everleth-Cobb, police sources say.

The lead Internal Affairs investigator in the Bronx ticket-fixing scandal could be in hot water himself.

The NYPD is looking to hit Detective Randy Katakofsky with departmental charges for targeting a suspected leak in the case without telling his bosses, the Daily News has learned.

Police sources said that when the detective had suspicions that a lieutenant was leaking information about the case, he launched his own solo probe.

“He uses the time-tested technique — he supplies information to her and sees if it surfaces,” one source said. “In IAB you can’t do that. IAB itself has to decide if there’s a leak, and he has to follow certain protocols.

“You can’t freelance.”

Katakofsky’s suspicion, it turned out, was not without basis: The lieutenant, Jennara Everleth-Cobb, was one of 16 cops indicted in the case.

She is accused of leaking information about the case to fellow officers.

Katakofsky has not yet been charged by the NYPD, but two sources said a decision whether to do so could happen as early as Thursday.

Everleth-Cobb’s lawyer had no comment.

Katakofsky, who was the subject of death threats after the indictments were announced in October, did not respond to a request for comment.

But his lawyer, Rae Koshetz, defended his actions.

“The only information I have is he did his job,” she said.

Pat Lynch, head of the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association, was furious.

“If this rogue investigator cut corners in an attempt to set up a lieutenant for charges, then who knows what he was capable of doing just to make a case against fellow police officers,” Lynch said.

“You have to wonder if he set them up, too. It casts an air of doubt over the entire investigation.”

rparascandola@nydailynews.com