WHITE PLAINS – A former Yonkers Police Department Narcotics Unit police officer was sentenced in Westchester County Court on Thursday to six months of weekends at the county jail on his April 23 guilty plea to felony perjury and two misdemeanor counts of official misconduct.
On March 21, 2014, Neil Vera, 35, while a member of the police department, acted with another man, Christian Koch, 39, of Yonkers, who was charged with felony perjury and misdemeanor official misconduct for falsely swearing and making a false statement in an application for a search warrant for an apartment in that city. The false statement was made with intent to mislead a Yonkers City Court judge in the performance of his official functions signing the warrant.
On May 20, 2014, 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. He asked the individual to make a false statement identifying himself as an individual who had performed controlled narcotics buys at the address in support of the search warrant, when that was not the case.
The defendants surrendered to the Yonkers Police Internal Affairs Division.
Koch also pled guilty on April 23 and will be sentenced in September.