Derin De Vouno: NYPD pilot stripped of gun and badge following wife's arrest over Covid-19 vaccine fraud
MANHATTAN, NEW YORK: Following the arrest of the NYPD pilot Derin De Vouno's nurse wife Julie De Vouno, for being part of an alleged COVID-19 vaccine fraud scheme, Derin has been stripped of his gun and badge, as per his claims.
Derin De Vouno filed an appeal this week at the New York County Supreme Court seeking to reinstate his position by the NYPD as he was placed on a changed duty after his wife, Julie De Vouno was taken under custody in January, reports the New York Post.
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The owner of Wild Child Pediatric Healthcare in Amityville, Julie was charged with forgery and providing a false instrument for filing fake vaccination cards. She planned to make $1.5 million by selling fake vaccine cards and she allegedly used her Long Island medical center for that purpose.
According to the New York Post, following Julie's arrest, Derin De Vouno faced an internal probe and was stopped from undertaking active duty, which led to the stripping of his gun and badge. The cop has been denied his benefits for retirement after the restrictions imposed on his duty since he left the department in August, according to court documents.
As the cop had not taken part in his wife's fraudulent scheme, the court petition regards NYPD's decision to place De Vouno on restricted duty as “irrational” and “arbitrary.”
The court filing stated that “However, even if it could be argued that the NYPD could have believed that [Derin De Vouno] may have been involved in the allegations against his wife, which he was not, certainly once it became clear to the NYPD that [he] was not involved there was no justification for keeping him on modified assignment."
Awaiting court trials, Julie De Vouno is called to return for a court appearance on January 13. Her husband, the NYPD pilot has over 20 years of experience working with the department and he is trained in flying the department's helicopters and airplanes.
Notably, Derin was "docked five vacation days" after he was accused of using his skills to fly an NYPD spy plane in a penis-shaped route to send a message to a supervisor he was angry at, as per New York Post.