FBI arrests sixth Paterson police officer in corruption investigation | Paterson Times

FBI arrests sixth Paterson police officer in corruption investigation


The FBI arrested a sixth Paterson police officer on Tuesday morning as part of its corruption investigation, announced U.S. attorney Craig Carpenito.

Daniel Pent, 32, of Paterson, is charged with conspiring to deprive individuals of civil rights under color of law. He is accused of unlawfully stopping motor vehicles and stealing from occupants.

For example, on Feb. 1, 2017, Pent and another police officer, Eudy Ramos, stopped and searched a vehicle in the city. Occupants of the vehicles were ordered out. $10,000 was found in a plastic bag belonging to one of the occupants.

Ramos put the cash in his jacket pocket. Both of them allegedly split the proceeds, according to the FBI.

The victim was arrested and charged with loitering in a drug area.

Pent filled out a prisoner property report that falsely stated the victim had $36 on his person. Both officers submitted an incident report that made no mention of the $10,000 seized from the victim.

Authorities said the victim was released on the same day. Before leaving the police headquarters, the victim asked the police officer at the property window about the $10,000. The officer replied that no one had turned anything in.

The victim filed an Internal Affairs complaint. Pent and Ramos did not act like police officers, but handle the situation like a robbery, according to the victim.

Ramos was indicted last week for his role in the incident.

Pent joined the police force on Jan. 27, 2014. He has been suspended from the force, said police chief Troy Oswald.

Police brass have said the FBI investigation that has netted six officers — Pent, Jonathan Bustios, Ruben McAusland, Eudy Ramos, Matthew Torres, and Roger Then – originated from within the department.

Police officials referred the case to the FBI.

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  • SamiAm

    Please keep investigating FBI you will find more corrupt police officers who think they're above the law and who are off duty think they are above the law

  • Miss jamaica

    These guys are all from the same graduating class. I would suggest that is there is anyone else start talking now are quit quietly because they are coming they will find you. I do hope the chief is talking to these guys as clearly there is a problem.
    I like the clean hands rule it work all the time . Work hard for what you want , you will get there, rob no one , take from no one. You will find much success that way.
    My opinion.

    • xanny1026

      i was waiting on you too comment you should run for mayor i wanna have a perfect life like you cause you have all answers your so blood clout perfect

  • Dominick Perez

    These are just rookies and short term guys. Go after the real thieves from Speziale on down. He's as crooked as they come.