April 19, 2013 By Christian Murray
A former NYPD cop who lives in Sunnyside was sentenced to nearly four years in prison yesterday for his role in transporting M-16 rifles, handguns and cigarettes from New Jersey to New York
Ali Oklu, 36, who was a cop at the time, helped smuggle $1 million in illegal goods across state lines, which included three M-16 rifles, one shotgun, 16 handguns, 12 stolen slot machines and thousands of cartons of stolen cigarettes, according to court documents.
Oklu was recruited to join the conspiracy in early October 2010 by William Masso, a dirty-cop who launched the scheme. The men used their law enforcement credentials to help cover up their crimes and would tell officials that they were transporting the items to be sold at police auctions, prosecutors charged.
Oklu worked with Masso and 11 other current and former cops to carry out the scheme.
In total, Oklu was paid $35,000 for his role in smuggling the firearms and stolen goods.
Oklu used some of his earnings to lease a 2011 Mercedes-Benz convertible, which he will maintain possession of until the end of April, according to prosecutors.
“Ali Oklu betrayed the NYPD and the fine men and women who serve there so honorably,” said Preet Bharara, the US Attorney for the Southern District of New York, in a statement. “He conspired to bring firearms into New York where his brother and sister officers – as far as he knew – might have been potentially in the firing line.”
In addition to his prison term, Judge William Pauley sentenced Oklu to three years of supervised release and ordered him to pay a $7,500 fine and a $200 special assessment fee.
Judge Pauley also required Oklu to forfeit $35,000, representing his share of the crime proceeds.
Judge Pauley told Oklu, a naturalized citizen from Turkey, “This country has been very good to you and your parents. It’s remarkable that you would betray that.”