NYPD Detective steered contract

Manhattan District Attorney Vance today announced the guilty pleas of RICHARD DEPAMPHILIS and VICKI NANNINGA in a scheme to obtain a $2 million contract with the New York City Police Department. DEPAMPHILIS and NANNINGA were arraigned today in Manhattan Criminal Court, and pled guilty to Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree, an A misdemeanor.

A joint investigation between Manhattan District Attorney’s Office and the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau revealed that DEPAMPHILIS, a New York City police detective, steered a $2 million contract to board retiring NYPD horses to NANNINGA, the owner of Stone Horse Inn, a retirement home for horses in Pennsylvania, according to information contained in the criminal court complaint. In 2006, NANNINGA submitted an application on behalf of Stone Horse Inn. In December 2006, based in part on a recommendation by DEPAMPHILIS, the Stone Horse Inn was awarded a 10-year contract worth approximately $2 million. The investigation revealed that this application was false in that it claimed the Stone Horse Inn had “35 acres of pasture and forest” when in fact the farm was only 19 acres, according to the complaint.

The defendants are expected to receive a Conditional Discharge and together will pay $25,000 in restitution over 5 years to the New York City Police Department. DEPHAMPHILIS will retire from the New York City Police Department. NANNINGA and the Stone Horse Inn will forfeit their contract with the New York City Police Department to provide “Management and Caring Services for Retired NYPD horses” after a brief transition period in which the horses will be transferred to other facilities. Neither defendant will be able to apply for contracts or work indirectly or directly with a New York State or City agency.

Defendant information:

627 9th Avenue
New York, NY, 10036

6818 York Road
Abbottstown, PA, 17301


Offering a False Instrument for Filing in the Second Degree is an A misdemeanor, punishable by up to one year in jail.

District Attorney Vance thanked Detective Christo Christonikos from the New York City Police Department’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

The District Attorney also thanked Assistant District Attorney Richard Buckheit, Chief of the Official Corruption Unit and Assistant District Attorney Julio Cuevas. Investigators Walter Alexander and Alex Farrugia participated in the investigation under the supervision of Joseph Pennisi, Chief of the Investigations Bureau, and Terri Mulderrig, Deputy Chief of the Investigations Bureau.