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May 28, 2015 -- Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore announced that Neil Vera (DOB 04/13/80) of 104 South Broadway, Yonkers, New York was sentenced today to six months of weekends at the County Jail on his April 23, 2015 guilty plea to:

  • one count of Perjury in the Second Degree, a class "E" Felony,
  • two counts of Official Misconduct, class "A" Misdemeanors.

On March 21, 2014, the defendant, a former Yonkers Police Department Narcotics Unit police officer acting in concert with:

Christian Koch (DOB 06/27/75) of 104 South Broadway, Yonkers, New York who was charged with:

  • one count of Perjury in the Second Degree, a class "E" Felony,
  • one count of Official Misconduct, a class "A" Misdemeanor,

swore falsely, and the false statement was made in an application for a search warrant for "141 School St., Apt. #3, Yonkers, New York". The false statement was made with intent to mislead a Yonkers City Court Judge in the performance of his official functions signing the warrant.

Additionally, on May 20, 2014, Police Officer Vera asked a person identified to the Grand Jury to lie to investigators and provide a false written statement to police officers of the Internal Affairs Division of the City of Yonkers Police Department.

He asked that individual to make a false statement to the Yonkers Police Internal Affairs investigators identifying himself/herself as an individual who had performed controlled narcotics buys at 141 School Street in support of the search warrant, when in fact this was completely false.

The defendants surrendered to the Yonkers Police Department Internal Affairs Division.

Koch also pled guilty on April 23, 2015 and will be sentenced on Sept. 10, 2015.

Assistant District Attorney Berit Huseby and Assistant District Attorney Brian Fitzgerald of the Public Integrity Bureau are prosecuted the case.


Neil Vera

Neil Vera