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Family and friends of NYPD officers are often given "courtesy cards" by police unions, which can enable them to dodge penalties and fines for minor infractions and traffic stops.
A NBC New York undercover investigation, however, reveals at least one Brooklyn man is selling the courtesy cards for a profit. Lester Magliano, who runs a NYPD novelty shop online at Gifts4Kings.com, is caught on a hidden camera trying to pawn off a card, which comes in a customized wallet that reads "Family Member," to NBC's Chris Glorioso. Magliano claims he gets the get-out-of-jail-free-cards from retired police officers.
Magliano, who sells the cards for up to $200 a pop, claims he gives his profits back to the retired officers.
"It's not a guarantee to get you out of a traffic ticket, and for the prices they're charging for these cards on the Internet, it’s really a rip-off,” Ed Mullin, president of the Sergeant's Benevolent Assocation--one of the unions that hands out the cards--told NBC. “You’re being robbed.”
In September, 16 cops were indicted for "fixing" thousands of tickets of family and friends.