DISTRICT ATTORNEY VANCE ANNOUNCES GUILTY VERDICT IN POLICE PERJURY TRIAL

Michael Carsey Convicted at Trial of Perjury For Lying Under Oath

Co-Defendant William Eiseman Previously Convicted of Perjury and Official Misconduct

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the conviction of MICHAEL CARSEY, 31, an NYPD officer, by a jury in New York State Supreme Court on two counts of Perjury in the First Degree and one count of Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the First Degree. CARSEY is the second NYPD officer convicted in this investigation. On June 27, 2011, WILLIAM EISEMAN, 39, a former NYPD sergeant, pleaded guilty to the top charge in his indictment, Perjury in the First Degree, as well as three counts of Official Misconduct, for lying under oath, conducting unlawful searches and seizures in Northern Manhattan, and directing subordinates to falsify paperwork in order to make the arrests appears to be legitimate.

“Police officers take an oath to protect and serve, and have a responsibility to uphold the highest standards of their profession,” said District Attorney Vance. “Failure to do so risks damaging the reputation of their peers and violating the public’s trust. As this prosecution proves, this Office’s Official Corruption Unit is committed to investigating and prosecuting those uniformed public servants who decide to involve themselves in criminal conduct.”

According to his guilty plea, EISEMAN was involved in at least three incidents of misconduct documented between August 2007 and the summer of 2008. Each involved unlawful stops and detentions of civilians in Northern Manhattan, which sometimes led to unlawful searches as well. Where the searches led to the recovery of contraband, EISEMAN ordered his subordinates to falsify their police paperwork in order to make the stops and searches appear legitimate.

In 2007, CARSEY was assigned to an Impact Response Team (“IRT”) in the 30th precinct and worked under the supervision of EISEMAN. IRT is primarily comprised of recent Police Academy graduates assigned to patrol high crime neighborhoods throughout Manhattan.

On August 20, 2007, EISEMAN and CARSEY were involved in an unlawful stop and detention of a civilian at 3333 Broadway. CARSEY subsequently testified falsely under oath during a search warrant application in which he claimed that the civilian admitted that certain contraband was in his apartment. As a result of CARSEY’S perjured testimony, the judge authorized the police to search the civilian’s apartment. EISEMAN and CARSEY subsequently testified falsely under oath at a suppression hearing before a New York County Supreme Court Justice reviewing the legality of the arrest and the admissibility of the evidence seized. Because of the defendants’ conduct, that criminal case was ultimately dismissed, and the individual was not punished.

Today, CARSEY was convicted of lying under oath at the search warrant application in August of 2007 and the subsequent suppression hearing held in May and June 2008. CARSEY was also convicted of falsifying the search warrant affidavit that was part of the application in August 2007.

District Attorney Vance thanked Assistant District Attorney Julio Cuevas, Jr., Deputy Chief of the Official Corruption Unit, for prosecuting this case under the supervision of Assistant District Attorney Luke Rettler, Chief of the Official Corruption Unit, and Executive Assistant District Attorney Adam S. Kaufmann, Chief of the Investigation Division. DA Vance also would like to thank Chief Charles V. Campisi and Deputy Inspector Gregory Sheehan of the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

Defendant Information:

MICHAEL CARSEY, D.O.B. 10/16/1980
Garden City, NY

Convicted:
• Perjury in the First Degree, a class D felony, 2 counts
• Offering a False Instrument in the for Filing in the First Degree, a class E felony, 1 count

WILLIAM EISEMAN, D.O.B. 4/12/72
Paterson, NY

Convicted:
• Perjury in the First Degree, a class D felony, 1 count
• Official Misconduct, a class A misdemeanor, 3 counts

Sentenced:
• 3 months jail
• 5 years probation

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