Internal Affairs is investigating if Thomas Georgevitch, an accused police impersonator who had fake guns and badges and told his landlord he was an officer, had inappropriate access to the Bronx’s 52nd Precinct with the blessing of an NYPD lieutenant, the New York Daily News reports. According to witnesses, on multiple occasions Georgevitch chauffeured Lt. Kevin Maloney around in a marked NYPD patrol car and drove it by himself on at least one occasion. He also allegedly rolled with on-duty cops from the precinct who were assigned to cover protests in Manhattan after the Eric Garner decision on December 4th of last year. Maloney has been disciplined for allowing an “unauthorized ride-along in a department vehicle,” an NYPD spokesman confirmed.

The Daily News spoke to Georgevitch’s neighbor Sammy Ahmed, who concisely summed up how weird it is that Georgevitch had this level of access as a civilian by saying, “He wasn’t a cop? Wow, that’s crazy.”

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