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Counterfeit Cops Acquitted

On Monday a Manhattan jury acquitted two of the five Manhattan police officers accused of accepting fake sports jerseys, handbags, and other items in exchange for giving a counterfeit merchant information and favors.  A defense lawyer told the court that the peddler, Jamil Faied, was a longtime police informant.

One of the other officers, Jashua Penalo, pleaded guilty and was sentenced to probation, while the cases against George Santiago and Jaime Albertelli are pending.

For Detective Lewis and his co-defendant, Detective Brian Bartlett, however, the case had a happy ending.  Detective Bartlett will try to get his former position back, and Detective Lewis is taking his family to Disney World -- where presumably no knockoffs are allowed.