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Private Investigator, Ex-Cop Charged In Alleged Bribery Deal

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) -- A private investigator and a former NYPD officer were charged Wednesday in connection with an alleged bribery deal for confidential information from a law enforcement database.

Private investigator Joseph Dwyer was arrested on Wednesday. Former NYPD officer Ronald Buell also was charged.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Manhattan accused Dwyer of bribing Buell while Dwyer was working for court-appointed attorneys and Buell was still on the force.

They said between 2011 and 2013, Dwyer paid the officer $9,000 to get the criminal histories of potential government witnesses in federal cases. Court papers also accuse Dwyer of submitting invoices for reimbursements from taxpayer money for the cost of paying Buell.

There was no immediate response to phone messages left Wednesday for defense attorneys.

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