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March 24, 2011

Employee found guilty of providing sensitive information about a narcotics investigation dismissed from her position with the police department

Employee found guilty of providing sensitive information about a narcotics investigation dismissed from her position with the police department
Matter of Villar v Kelly, 2011 NY Slip Op 02058, Appellate Division, First Department

The New York City Commissioner of Police dismissed Maria Villar from her position after finding that she had “wrongfully discussed and divulged official department business” involving sensitive information concerning an investigation.

The Appellate Division sustained the Commissioner’s determination and the penalty imposed. The court found that the decision to dismiss Villar was supported by substantial evidence.

The court noted that “Given the risk to the general public arising from the passing of sensitive information about a narcotics case to another subject of the same ongoing narcotics investigation, the penalty of dismissal does not shock our sense of fairness.”

The decision is posted on the Internet at:
http://www.courts.state.ny.us/reporter/3dseries/2011/2011_02058.htm
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