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Ex-Cop Ran Prostitution Ring Across NY Area: Feds

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    Ex-Cop Ran Prostitution Ring Across NY Area: Feds
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    A former NYPD officer is being accused by federal prosecutors of running a prostitution ring, bringing at least 10 different women to motels across the tri-state area, often right after he clocked out of his departmental job, according to authorities. 

    Eduardo Cornejo, an 11-year veteran with the NYPD until he was fired on Jan. 15, is accused of employing at least 10 different prostitutes and transporting them to motels throughout the tri-state, including parts of Long Island and New Jersey, prosecutors say.

    He'd often do so right after leaving his NYPD job, according to prosecutors. 

    An authorized wiretap captured Cornejo talking about the way he divided up money to the prostitutes he employed and stating that if he were to stand outside a motel door with "a bunch of girls," law enforcement would "know what's up real quick," according to prosecutors. 

    "Rather than seeking to eradicate crime from the streets of the city, the defendant promoted prostitution and profited from his exploitation of women," U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York Robert L. Capers said in a press release. 

    NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said he commended the Internal Affairs Bureau for its proactive role in investigating "serious misconduct" among the ranks of the NYPD and working with prosecutors in building cases against "those who violate the very laws that they have sworn to enforce." 

    The 33-year-old last worked out of the 79th Precinct in Brooklyn.

    He was scheduled to be arraigned in federal Brooklyn court Tuesday afternoon. Attorney information wasn't immediately clear.